The Toronto Zoo has requested the aid of the Royal Canadian Air Force to transfer its three elephants to a sanctuary in California. The zoo needs to come up with a plan for a transcontinental airlift of the pachyderms and is eyeing the RCAF’s C-177 Globemaster III planes. All three of the elephants — Toka, Thika, and Iringa — would fit in the plane and could be flown together to their new home. A previous plan involving an Antonov jet had to be abandoned, as the semi-pressurized jet would have had to fly at low altitudes that would be insufficient to clear the mountains en route. Animal rights crusader and former game show host Bob Barker has promised to pay for the elephants’ voyage to the PAWS sanctuary, which is expected to occur before the end of June.
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