New lux­ury home for two cir­cus ele­phants

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

PARIS: Two cir­cus ele­phants, which were threat­ened with eu­thana­sia in France, ar­rived in their new lux­ury home near the Côte d’Azur yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing taken in by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, French me­dia re­ported.

Baby, 42, and Nepal, 43, left the park in Lyon, where they had spent the past 14 years, for a new life in the hills above Monaco on Thurs­day.

The two pachy­derms made the 500km road trip to the Monaco royal fam­ily’s es­tate in Roc Agel in two gi­ant air-con­di­tioned con­tain­ers.

Cranes lifted the con­tain­ers on to a truck in Lyon, and they ar­rived in the south of France early yes­ter­day.

Their new home is a 3 500m park with a big wooden shel­ter and a pool for splashing in, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

Their trek south marks the epi­logue to an emo­tional cam­paign to save the ele­phants af­ter au­thor­i­ties in Lyon or­dered they be eu­thanised last year as sus­pected tu­ber­cu­lo­sis car­ri­ers.

An­i­mal-rights ac­tivists, led by for­mer ac­tress Brigitte Bar­dot and the ele­phants’ owner, Pinder Cir­cus, fought the de­ci­sion.

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