French president urged to show some jumbo love

Dec 14, 2012

A French circus owner Friday urged President Francois Hollande to save the lives of two zoo elephants that city officials want to put down because they have tuberculosis.

Gilbert Edelstein, the head of the Pinder circus who donated the two pachyderms Nepal and Baby to the Parc de la Tete d'Or in Lyon, sought the "supreme intervention" of Hollande in a letter.

The mayor's office had ordered euthanasia, citing public health concerns, and said it should be carried out before December 20.

"I appeal to your wisdom as this terrible decision is not justified," Edelstein wrote. He claimed the diagnosis of TB was disputed.

City authorities had said the pair pose a threat to other animals at the zoo, located in the heart of Lyon, as well as human visitors since the disease is highly contagious.

"We are sad for the animals but we cannot take the risk of the infection spreading to citizens," said Jean-Louis Touraine from the mayor's office.

"When I gave them my elephants they were perfectly healthy. If they have contracted , it's from the other animals," Edelstein said.

"I want them to be treated and returned to me," he added.

Both are in their forties and could live for another two decades.

Explore further: The influence of the Isthmus of Panama in the evolution of freshwater shrimps in America

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Sri Lankan elephant numbers are 'healthy': survey

Sep 02, 2011

Sri Lanka's elephant population remains healthy despite decades of fighting between government and rebel forces, the first survey since the end of the nation's bloody civil war showed Friday.

Elephant spread TB to workers at Tenn. sanctuary

Feb 16, 2011

(AP) -- A tuberculosis outbreak among workers at a Tennessee elephant sanctuary in 2009 is being blamed on one of the pachyderms, even though some of the employees didn't have close contact with the animal.

New taste for Thai elephant meat

Jan 27, 2012

(AP) -- A new taste for eating elephant meat - everything from trunks to sex organs - has emerged in Thailand and could pose a new threat to the survival of the species.

Fewer elephants with tusks born in China

Jul 18, 2005

More of China's male elephants reportedly are being born without tusks because hunting of the animals for their ivory is affecting the gene pool.

Recommended for you

Dogs hear our words and how we say them

11 hours ago

When people hear another person talking to them, they respond not only to what is being said—those consonants and vowels strung together into words and sentences—but also to other features of that speech—the ...

Amazonian shrimps: An underwater world still unknown

13 hours ago

A study reveals how little we know about the Amazonian diversity. Aiming to resolve a scientific debate about the validity of two species of freshwater shrimp described in the first half of the last century, ...

Factors that drive sexual traits

14 hours ago

Many male animals have multiple displays and behaviours to attract females; and often the larger or greater the better.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.