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The Toronto Zoo faced controversy several years ago, when multiple elephants died in a period of only four years in what could be considered the prime of the elephant’s lives. Eventually, the decision was made to transport the remaining elephants to the Performing Animals Welfare Society, an elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, California. However, the cost of transport was a bit of a problem, especially since one of the elephants was too weak to sustain a lengthy drive. Luckily, Bob Barker is still willing to help some fellas out… if the price is right.
The 88 year-old former host of The Price is Right has been a long time supporter of animal rights, and now he has shelled out some hefty cash to fly the three remaining Toronto Zoo elephants to the PAWS sanctuary. According to CBS News, the popular game show host has offered to spend $880,000 of his own money to fly the elephants out to San Andreas. Barkers’ spokesperson Henri Bollinger confirmed the news Friday, also mentioning that flight is necessary due to the one of the elephants having a bad foot.
Thika, Iringa, and Toka will take a Russian cargo jet to their new sanctuary, which should prove a lot more open, but also a lot warmer of an arena than the weather they withstood in Toronto. $880,000 may seem like a lot of money, but Barker truly feels as if he made the right decision.
“Now they have an opportunity to live the rest of their lives at what has been described as 'elephant paradise.' To think that one of them might not survive the trip in a truck touched my heart and purse strings."
Pop Blend would like to wish Barker the best in his future animal endeavors.