Rescued circus elephant Ramba arrives at Brazil sanctuary
An Asian elephant that spent decades performing in South American circuses has started a new life in an open-air sanctuary in Brazil, after travelling thousands of kilometers by plane and truck from a Chilean zoo.
Ramba's much-anticipated arrival at the 1,133-hectare Elephant Sanctuary Brazil in the central west state of Mato Grosso late Friday was broadcast live on Facebook and viewed thousands of times.
The elephant, estimated to be more than 52 years old, worked in circuses in Argentina and Chile before she was rescued by activists in 2012.
She was then kept in a roadside zoo in Rancagua, in central Chile, while her rescuers searched for a new home.
Her ordeal left her with abscesses as well as kidney and liver problems.
Ramba was flown to the Viracopos international airport near Sao Paulo on Wednesday -- a day before heavily armed gunmen raided the cargo terminal in a daring heist.