This 57-Year-Old Elephant Proves That You Can Never Be Too Old To Make New Friends!Ashley Maisano
She has had elephant companionship her entire life and had never been alone up until the passing of their elephant, Alport, in 2007. So, the zoo has made it their mission to find a new companion for Lucky, which is an extensive and time-consuming process.
An elephant named Boo, who was rescued from a circus, was sent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to join Lucky in 2010, but sadly passed away three years later due to Leukemia. Now, Lucky has a new friend! The zoo reached out to Feld Entertainment, the company that owns the Ringling Brothers circus, who had recently announced it would retire all of its elephant. They knew that one of those elephants, a 40-year-old female named Nicole, would be the perfect match for Lucky.
Nicole had been performing in circuses for the past 36 and has always gotten along with other elephants. Now safe at the zoo, they introduced Nicole to Lucky in an open field with a barrier between them. Nicole went right up to Lucky and was very friendly, while Lucky was more reluctant since she hadn’t seen another elephant in three years. After spending the next several hours together, the two were hanging out in the same yard together without a barrier. Now they get along great and it’s only the beginning of a wonderful friendship!
The San Antonio Zoo is making sure that these elephants are getting a great life and are well-taken care of. According to their website, the planet is experiencing extinction rates between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate. One of those species in peril is the elephant. Poachers slaughter one elephant every 15 minutes, which is 96 elephants a day. The zoo is committed to protect, care for and rebuild the world’s elephant population, one elephant at a time!