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Monaco royals keep French zoo from euthanizing elephants

July 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM   |   Comments

LYON, France, July 12 (UPI) -- Monaco's royal family has rescued two elephants from a French zoo that planned to euthanize them due to suspected tuberculosis infection.

The Tete d'Or zoo in Lyon caused a public outcry, led by actor Brigitte Bardot, when it announced elephants Baby and Nepal, ages 42 and 43, would be put down because they likely contracted tuberculosis and could pose a threat to other animals, Radio France Internationale reported Friday.

The campaign to save the animals got the attention of Monaco's royal family and Princess Stephanie was on hand to witness the elephants being loaded into a truck for transport to the Roc Agel ranch, an estate owned by the royal family in southeastern France's Alpes-Maritime region.

The royal family said the elephants will live out the rest of their lives in a nearly 1-acre enclosure with a wooden shed and a pool.

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