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Mali was just a baby elephant learning how to swim and find her own food, when she was taken away from her mother and sent to the Philippines, as a gift for the President at the time, Ferdinand Marcos. Her home was once the grasslands of Sri Lanka but now she is forced to live in a barren enclosure of concrete walls and floors at the Manila Zoo in the Philippines. For forty long years, Mali has lived alone at this zoo, never allowed to see her mother or another elephant.

Understandably, Mali’s mental well-being has suffered greatly from this life of solitude. She appears clearly depressed and spends her days pacing back and forth in her concrete enclosure. In the wild, elephants can roam up to thirty miles a day over grasslands and various terrains, Mali walks back and forth on a hard surface, day after day. This has caused her to develop a painful foot condition and arthritis. She can be seen leaning against the walls of her enclosure during the day, likely to relieve some of the pressure on her feet.

In 2012, the elephant expert Dr. Henry Richardson examined Mali. His report cites cracked pads, cracked nails, and overgrown cuticles. Richardson states, “I am absolutely certain Mali has pain in her front limbs and feet.”

The zoo, however, has done nothing to help and continues to ignore Mali’s health problems. And if her condition is left untreated, there is a high likelihood that she will go lame and no longer be able to support her own weight. This is a leading cause of death among elephants. When they collapse and cannot get back up, their body weight crushes their internal organs, ultimately leading to death.

Mali is so lonely at the Manila Zoo that she holds her tail for comfort and security. The 500 acre Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) in Thailand has agreed to accept her – sign this petition now to transfer Mali to the sanctuary in Thailand immediately! 

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Experts recommend Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES) as the best place for Mali. Filipino officials, however, have refused to let her go. The government is denying Mali of any hope of a better life and of surviving. PETA has even came forward and offered to pay for the transportation fees and care, so the only thing standing between Mali and her freedom is her captors.

The Boon Lott’s Sanctuary in Thailand offers everything Mali needs. Hundreds of acres of grasslands, banana plantations, and rivers. Unlike Mali, the elephants here can roam for miles, forage for food, swim and play. Mali does not even have grass beneath her feet or surrounding trees.

Time is desperately running out for this poor elephant. She doesn’t have long and she needs your help. Please, urge officials to transfer Mali to the sanctuary in Thailand, by signing this petition. Share her story with others and ask your friends and family to act too!

To show your support and to stay updated, like the Free Mali Facebook page.
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0 comments on “Zoo Elephant is So Lonely She Holds Her Tail for Comfort – Sign Petition to Get Her Transferred”

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Lizzie Wheeler
7 Months Ago

What sort of people run this zoo? Is a tail hold elephant some sort of freak show they keep to "thrill" the public. If a reputable organization has offered to pay the carrier fees for this animal\'s transfer a sanctuary, what\'s their problem? Ashamed of the condition they have allowed this creature to deteriorate into. I wonder what animal loving, Pope Francis who took his papal title after, St. Francis of Assisi would do?i. Come on all you good Catholics, you do the RIGHT thing now.


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pauline hodson
7 Months Ago

40 years The Philippines has kept Mali the Elephant Isolated from any love or company of her species. How Disgusting is this. Showing that the Philippines either don\'t give a dam or are ignorant to the needs of Elephants . We All know that elephants need their Families to be together. THIS IS TERRIBLE AND A VERY SAD AND CRUEL STATEMENT OF WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY THE PHILIPINES IS - and I\'ve seen Other Posts where they Beat up the babies to Break their Spirits. How SICK AND LOW CAN YOU GO. You do\'t deserve these Beautiful Elephants. SET MALI FREE TO A SANCTUARY.
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7 Months Ago

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Lizzie Wheeler
25 Mar 2017

They had the same problem with the Toronto Zoo, in Canada, when an offer to remove the aging elephants out of the harsh winter weather to a warmer sancturay in the States was rejected. It took a lot pf publicity to finally get the animals moved and into a place that looked, and felt, more like home. . . . grass and rolling hills.

Unless the Filipinos start making a fuss, nothing will happen. The person it was given to, and his wife, didn\'t give a fig for the elephant they were too busy with their hands in the till. You can bet this elephant isn\'t being released because some one is making money from it.

Lizzie Wheeler
25 Mar 2017

Charles Din: PETA has even came forward and offered to pay for the transportation fees and care, so the only thing standing between Mali and her freedom is her captors.

Dondon Degamo
8 Months Ago

I\'m a Filipino and fuck those officials that refuse!
They are so selfish bastard!


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Lizzie Wheeler
25 Mar 2017


Dondon, you know how it works, its greed in addition to selfishness. You can bet some one is making money by keeping that poor animal there and as long as the money flows, the animal will stay

JOHN PASQUA
8 Months Ago

SIGNED.


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Kate
8 Months Ago

I signed in May and there are still about 5,000 signatures needed. Where are all the caring activists? She needs to be out of there These places that act like they know so much about animals-WeaWorld being an example as well as this zoo-and yet they will not se the harm they are doing to the animals in their care. Such selfishness is ugly and quite appalling. Experts my tuchas-they know only when it serve them well.


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Linda Rockhold
8 Months Ago

F-ing ignorant, horrible people. Elephants are herd animals and should never be alone. I do not any longer wish to travel to other countries, the animal abuse is heart-wrenching and the ignorance is maddening.
If it is at all possible, please send this poor elephant to the sanctuary and be a good person. Pass laws protecting elephants and ALL animals and do not harm another animal!


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Antonella Zuppini
8 Months Ago

Ponete fine al dolore della solitudine.


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Lizzie Wheeler
25 Mar 2017

Officially, International law makes it is illegal to keep an elephant on its own. A New York Zoo has a poor elephant in the same condition. Same thing, tiny, concrete pen. . petition after petition has done nothing - there are a couple more elephants at the zoo so, its not like they would be losing their prize trophy.



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