Group seeking injunction to stop elephants from coming to Oklahoma City


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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – While it seemed like the Oklahoma City Zoo would have a couple of new additions, those visitors have been forced to make a pit stop.

Last month, two elephants from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle were on their way to the Oklahoma City Zoo.

When the elephants were on the way to Oklahoma City, they were redirected to San Diego because of the weather.

According to the Elephant Justice Project, one of the elephants may have experienced life-threatening health problems during the trip.

However, Christina Simmons, with the San Diego Zoo, says that was not what zoo keepers saw.

“We have no information about this to share. San Diego zoo keepers were not involved with the transport- we saw her when she got to the San Diego Zoo and she was standing and got off the truck with no challenges- went right over to the water bowl and started playing in it,” Simmons said.

Currently, the elephants are still in San Diego while they wait for a transport suitable for two elephants.

Critics with the EJP are asking for an injunction, which would allow the elephants, Chai and Bamboo, to be transferred to a sanctuary in an elephant-friendly climate rather than Oklahoma City.

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