The Elephant Sanctuary Extends Condolences to PAWS

Our heartfelt condolences go out to PAWS regarding the loss of Sabu. “This is sad news. Sabu was magnificent,” said Rob Atkinson, CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary, in an e-mail to Sanctuary staff when he learned of Sabu’s death.
We are comforted to know that Sabu was able to live out the last fourteen months of his life in sanctuary at PAWS, under the loving care of Pat Derby, Ed Stewart, and all of Sabu’s elephant care staff. The condition of Sabu’s body at the young age of thirty as reported by PAWS is tragic; Asian bull elephants can live an average of 60 years in the wild. We continue to hope that all performing elephants can one day find sanctuary like Sabu, and like our friends at PAWS, we continue to work toward that end at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Former circus elephant collapses, is euthanized
by Cynthia Hubert
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Sabu, an Asian bull elephant who retired to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary 14 months ago from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, died Wednesday from complications of severe arthritis.

Sabu collapsed in his sleeping stall early Wednesday at ARK 2000 in San Andreas, which features natural habitats for elephants, lions, tigers and bears on 2,300 acres of property. Veterinarians ended the elephant's life after determining he would be unable to stand again because of weakness and pain in his joints, said an announcement from the nonprofit Performing Animal Welfare Society.

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