Expert on Medical Assessment Panel Says Lucy the Elephant Should be Moved to Sanctuary

Lucy, an Asian elephant living alone at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, has been assessed by four experts from the non-profit organization Free The Wild. While two vets with ties to the zoo industry felt she should not be moved, the two other experts disagreed. Dr. Patricia London, an experienced elephant specialist, advocated for Lucy to be moved to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee due to her lack of autonomy, space, socialization opportunities, and natural environment. Ingo Schmidinger from the Global Sanctuary for Elephants noted that the zoo had failed to diagnose a breathing condition plaguing Lucy for the last fourteen years. The assessment also found a previously unknown large uterine tumour that is now being treated.