Elephant ruling to be appealed

A legal fight over the future of the Edmonton zoo’s only elephant isn’t over yet.

EDMONTON — A legal fight over the future of the Edmonton zoo’s only elephant isn’t over yet.

Last month, a judge dismissed arguments from two animal rights groups that say Lucy is suffering at the zoo and should be moved to an elephant sanctuary in the United States.

But Zoocheck and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have announced they will appeal the ruling.

Their fight to move Lucy is backed by celebrities such as Bob Barker, former host of the game show “The Price is Right,” and actor William Shatner.

Julie Woodyer with Zoocheck says Lucy’s loneliness and health issues can’t be ignored.

The city says the 34-year-old elephant is comfortable in her familiar surroundings and moving her at her age could do more harm than good.

No date for the appeal has been set.