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RIP Anna Louise: One of America’s Loneliest Elephants Has Died

She was captured from her home in Zimbabwe and forced to endure a miserable life in the circus, where she was made to dance, carry a tambourine with her trunk, and give rides to humans.

PETA: ‘Anna Louise, an African elephant exhibited by handler Tom Demry—who toured with numerous circuses that use animals—is believed to be at peace at long last. One of the loneliest elephants in the U.S., she was without a companion of her own species for roughly 30 years, since at least 1988—which is extremely stressful for social animals like elephants. She was captured from her home in Zimbabwe and forced to endure a miserable life in the circus here in the U.S. Demry made her “dance,” carry a tambourine with her trunk, and give rides to humans.

During her life in captivity, Anna Louise was forced to “perform” in Shrine circuses, the Piccadilly Circus (now Garden Bros. Circus), Circus World shows, the Kelly Miller Circus, and, most recently, the Stardust Circus. Thanks to overwhelming activist pressure, Stardust Circus dropped its elephant acts and Kelly Miller Circus went completely animal-free. Based on newly obtained records, PETA believes that Anna Louise died shortly after she was “retired” at Two Tails Ranch in Florida—a roadside zoo operated by circus exhibitor Patricia Zerbini, where, in 2014, an elephant nearly crushed a woman to death. African elephants can live to be 70 years old. Anna Louise was in her mid- to late 30s’. SOURCE…

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