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Lucky the elephant to remain at San Antonio Zoo

No companion will be brought in


SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Zoo says they are happy to be keeping Lucky, their Asian elephant that they’ve had for over 50 years. 

There were questions of whether Lucky should go to a sanctuary or if another elephant should be brought in after the passing of her partner, Boo, three weeks ago.    

Zoo Director Steve McCusker said he believes moving her or getting her a new partner would be detrimental to her health.

“We don’t see it’s very humane to try and crate-train her and swing her out on a crane and put her out on a truck. We just don’t want to do that to her. I think the stress would probably kill her,” said McCusker.

Lucky is from Thailand and came to San Antonio when she was only 2 years old. 

Tuesday afternoon, zoo officials met to discuss Lucky’s fate and they believe she’s better than ever. 

“She’s fine, she’s even better. She uses the whole yard, and she feels comfortable all the time.,” said McCusker.

The average Asian elephant's lifespan is about 47, and Lucky is 54. 

Zoo officials believe she’s got at least five more years and they plan on making them her best.

They say Lucky weighs about 7,900 pounds and is a food hound. 

But they say she really enjoys people and what makes her happy is people's company.

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