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Elephants from Canada take up residence in US zoo

General May 24, 2014

File picture shows an elephant in its enclosure on March 20, 2014 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DCThree female Asian elephants took up residence at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington after a 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) road trip from western Canada. Sri Lanka-born Kamala and Swarna, both 39, and Kamala's Canadian-born daughter Maharani, 23, are joining the National Zoo's own four elephants after a week traversing North America in two trucks accompanied by zookeepers and veterinarians. "It's going to be very exciting to see the two herds get to know each other and form a new herd here," National Zoo elephant curator Tony Barthel said in a statement. The Calgary Zoo in Alberta announced in 2012 that it wanted to relocate its elephants, citing the city's cold climate, an inability to expand and a desire to see them live in a bigger herd.


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