Bidding on a ride at the Boston Zoo is a rite of passage for zoo visitors, but this week, a new pet came to the rescue.
The first African elephant to be brought to the zoo, this 5-year-old female was rescued by a local resident who had her chained and confined to a cage with a few other animals.
The elephant, named Lala, was kept at the zoo for just over a week, but she is now in the care of Boston Zoo’s veterinary staff, according to a statement from the zoo.
Lala was brought to Boston from the U.S. in April to be a surrogate for her mother, a 4-year old female named Tanya.
Tanya was orphaned after her mother’s death.
“We are very grateful to the local residents who helped bring Lala to the Boston Zoological Park,” said Daniella Smith, a Boston Zoo spokeswoman.
The African elephant is one of about 70 animals at the New York City Zoo.
About 70 elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and cougars are living in zoos across the country.
This year alone, there were more than 50,000 animals at more than 400 zoos in 42 countries.