Because it was such a long ride, keepers brought along bales of Bozie s favorite hay, as well as some apples and bananas.
There is nothing that is happening that has not been planned down to the smallest detail, Smith said.
It had made the clandestine 1,100 mile journey almost without incident. Few knew what time it had departed. Few knew its time of arrival. Its 7,500 pound cargo Beats By Dre Bluetooth Headphones
She was a little hesitant, said Marie Galloway, the National Zoo s Ghd Platinum Pink elephant manager who traveled to Baton Rouge to help with the transition. She didn t think it was necessarily a great idea to leave Baton Rouge.
WASHINGTON The unmarked truck bearing the secret package bound for Washington picked up a security escort when it hit Connecticut Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
Although the trip went well, there was one minor glitch: Bozie, Ghd Limited Edition Straighteners
There, she will be medically quarantined for 30 days, but have access to three stalls and an outdoor patio. She will not be on public view during her quarantine.
Keepers soothed her with peppermints.
The date and time of her departure and arrival had been closely guarded, zoo officials said, for fear of public intrusions.
The journey spelled a step into uncertainty for a 37 year old with no bags to pack, a strange new zoo in which to live, and three big city elephants to get to know.
We don t reveal our transportation plans in order to avoid unnecessary attention, said zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker Masson, adding that animal safety was critical.
We need to eliminate any possible interference, even if it s a well intentioned curious bystander, she said.
And although elephants can nap standing up, Bozie was not allowed out of the truck to stretch her legs.
The National Zoo announced May 3 that Bozie was moving to Washington. There was a farewell party for her Saturday in Baton Rouge, and a quiet leave taking when she Ghd Black Platinum
boarded the truck Tuesday.
It also has a roomy, state of the art elephant complex with an indoor rec center, a 5,700 square foot barn, and a quarter mile walkway through woods. The zoo says it can accommodate up to a dozen elephants, and is working to build its herd.
She was scared to enter the truck at first, so they let her go in backwards. That way, she could stick her trunk out the rear window to catch the breeze on the interstate.
All of this is carefully planned out, carefully orchestrated, said Brandie Smith, zoo senior curator.
And because she was moving so far away, they brought along a favorite keeper to stay until she gets settled.
The trip began about noon Tuesday, eastern time. The truck, operated by professional animal movers, and the chase van stopped for the night in Tennessee. The driver slept in the truck. The van occupants lodged in a motel.
Bozie s caravan had come from the Baton Rouge Zoo, where she had lived for 16 years and where her companion elephant, Judy, died in March.
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The National Zoo has three Asian elephants including a young male. There s also a female just about Bozie s age.
The zoo had to determine: Would they fly Bozie here? Would they drive her? Should they have a chase car? Who should go in the chase car? What medicines should they take? How would they get the truck into the National Zoo? What time? How would they get the elephant out of the truck?
There were some gawkers in Tennessee, who had spotted the elephant s trunk sticking out the truck window Tuesday and cruised along taking pictures from their car. But apparently no word leaked out.
Officials from the National Zoo and the Baton Rouge Zoo all agreed that the move was the best thing for Bozie. It is not healthy for elephants to be alone, and in Washington, Bozie has an opportunity for romance.
But as the small motorcade, which included a chase car, weaved through the afternoon traffic with lights flashing, a long, mysterious object curled out the back window of the truck.
Plus, 28 hours was a long time for a 7,500 pound lady to be on her feet.
whose nickname is Bo, had to be coaxed from the truck with pink and purple marshmallow peeps.
It was the trunk of an elephant.
We sweet talked and babied and she decided it would be a little more comfortable to go in (the truck) backwards, she said. So we let her go in butt first. They often are more comfortable backing into a strange situation than they are going head first.
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