Mikki, her calf Fitz, and companion Punch have to go in the sanctuary.

Louisville Zoo, Kentucky, USA, continues to hold three elephants captive in a cramped exhibit. A mother elephant, her young calf, and their one companion named Punch — all held in a cramped enclosure in order to generate profits from paying customers.

Louisville Zoo forces Mikki to endure a bittersweet motherhood
Credit: Matt Stone/Courier Journal, Louisville Courier-Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

 

After seven years of repeated and failed artificial insemination attempts by Louisville Zoo staff, 35-year-old African elephant Mikki finally gave birth to a calf this year.

Baby Fitz is the Louisville Zoo’s second elephant birth in its fifty-year history. In 2010, Mikki’s calf named Scotty died at age three from colic.

Like his mother, Mikki, and cell-mate Punch—who were both taken from the wild—Fitz will be robbed of the relationships he would naturally form with other elephants including other family members near his own age.

Artificial insemination is the process used to produce babies for the zoo industry.

It’s an unnatural, invasive, and likely traumatic experience for elephants, often requiring their legs to be chained down—indicating that individuals like Mikki would flee the procedure if given the choice.

Still, the Zoo forced Mikki to undergo six artificial insemination procedures in 2016 alone.

Baby Fitz and his mother Mikki in the captivity of Zoo

 

Your voice is needed now to ask Louisville Zoo to close its elephant exhibit for good and to send Mikki, her calf Fitz, and companion Punch to an accredited sanctuary where they can live the rest of their lives in peace.

Petition: https://www.idausa.org/campaign/elephants/late

For more and including the 6 myths about zoos … at https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/06/29/mikki-her-calf-fitz-and-companion-punch-have-to-go-in-the-sanctuary/

 

My best regards to all, Venus

 

 

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