Born: 1964, India
History: Entertainment, Circuses
Herd Location: New Asian Habitat
Misty was imported to the US as a young calf, and one of her early owners provided animals for television, movies and amusement parks. She later earned a reputation as a dangerous elephant when she reportedly killed a park manager at Lion Country Safari in California in the late 70s. She spent some years with the George Carden Circus and then was moved to the Hawthorn Corporation, a company that trained and rented elephants to circuses.
In 2001, she tested positive for tuberculosis. Following USDA prosecutions against Hawthorn Corporation for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, Misty was released to The Elephant Sanctuary.
After her successful TB treatment in quarantine, Misty was moved to the New Asian habitat. Today she is best friends with Dulary and the two are constant companions.
Contrary to her history as a dangerous elephant, we find Misty very easy going and one of the happiest elephants we have ever met. Misty frequently greets caregivers and elephants with her tail straight out. Her body is shaped like a round, plump “tank” and she has a large head with small, puffy eyes. She loves to take naps.
You can learn more about Misty here.
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