Lucy, Edmonton’s lone zoo elephant, to receive new regimen to improve health

The Edmonton elephant at the centre of a tug of war between the city and animal rights activists is getting some help.

Lucy the elephant with her handlers are shown at Edmonton's River Valley Zoo on September 17

EDMONTON — The Edmonton elephant at the centre of a tug of war between the city and animal rights activists is getting some help.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo says it has developed a treatment program for Lucy that focuses on improving her breathing capacity and addressing her arthritis.

The program also includes an enhanced exercise program for the 34-year-old Asian elephant.

Animal rights activists say it’s cruel to leave an old and ailing Lucy by herself in the zoo and that she deserves to be in an elephant sanctuary in the U.S.

High-profile celebrities like ex-TV game show host Bob Barker have weighed in to have Lucy moved.

The zoo, however, says Lucy is too sick to survive the trip.

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