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Relief for Elephant After Six Decades

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | January 12, 2012
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After being used by a circus in Chile for nearly six decades, Ramba, a female elephant who spent her off-hours living in a parking lot, has been transferred to a safari park, thanks to the efforts of local residents who fought for her release. Ramba is being treated by an elephant specialist in hopes that she can be made healthy enough eventually to be transferred to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. But even if she’s not up to the trip, Ramba’s days of performing stupid tricks are over.

The lame and sick elephants traveling with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus also deserve a happy ending. 

Click here to urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to follow up on the record fine that it imposed on Ringling by seizing the circus’s worn-out and ailing elephants.

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  • Meghan says:

    Hi I am speaking on behalf of this fb group that has recently started up. We want an elephant in “Brian Boswell Circus” to be set free. The circus is currently in Middleburg Mpumalanga South Africa and was photographed digging in a bin, pulling out a coke bottle and then proceeding to eat the bottle and swallow it!

  • Paulina says:

    zamknąć tych podlych ludzi zabic tak jak oni zwierzeta

  • lisa says:

    Although this is fantastic news and soo happy for RAMBA and want to say a big thankyou to all the caring people that helped her we must not forget the animals left behind, i watched the youtube video shame it wasnt in English as didnt understand what they were saying but as watching i noticed other animals there the ones left behind, ALL animals should not be in a circus small or big and lets not forget the elephants suffering in Ringlings. When these stories come up it allways seems to be about one elephant and people seem to forget about the rest horses, camels, zebras, lions tigers the list go’s on they all need our help.

  • Suzanne says:

    Ramba is now free without fear and pain being inflicted on her. Hugs for Ramba from a far away friend!!!

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  • pam says:

    I hope her transition goes well. No more abuse what a happy ending

  • Monica says:

    Yes!! finally and after two year, the ECOPOLIS, group from Chile , can be successful to transfer RAMBA to SAFARI PARK, in RAncagua-Chile.We want to be grateful to Mr. Scott Blais fron Tennesse Sanctuary, who was the most important person in the tranferred RAMBA from de Circus to Safari Park. Thank you Mr. Blais

  • lynn says:

    god how wonderful to save one,but what about all the other ones that are slaves to the circus??? I HATE the circus and WILL not go to any of them! my boys asked me when they were little why we dont go and i always said bc it’s A PUBLIC display of animal cruleity and i will not give 1 red cent to support it! i think these elephants are so brave to put up with there nonsence and hardly ever retaliate! they are capiable of SOO much!!!

  • theKrrib says:

    Good on the locals!!!! just goes to show, one person can make a difference (coz one becomes many with a little leg work).

  • scott caldwell says:

    I think that there should be NO ANIMALS used in any circus or any venue similar to a circus, carnival or fair!!

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  • Dora Luz Valdes says:

    6 decades is a very long waiting time of pain and cruelty for RAMBA. What is going to happen with the other elephants and the rest of the other animals that are still prisioners in those stupid cicuses in Chile?

  • Stacy says:

    So glad ramba might have a cruelty free life now