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Mar 24, 2007

Gaya, the Bucharest Zoo's Elephant mangled by dogs Thursday, 5:18 AM

Romania: Gaya, the Elephant, mangled by dogs
Pachyderm's death, a combination of cruelty and incompetence

Former and present employees of Bucharest Zoo say that Gaya was chased and bitten by Police dogs (German shepherds) that were trying to force her to enter the winter shelter (paddock). Trying to escape, Gaya slipped and broke her leg. The administrators were not able to lift her up even with the crane's help. She died suffering horribly the day after the accident. Using a chainsaw, they cut Gaya in chunks of 100 kilos, they wrapped her in plastic bags and they incinerated the 48 years old elephant, weighing four tones. Her head stays up until now in a water barrel.

They sent the dogs after her. They chased and harassed her without pity. The dogs bit her trunk and her legs. When she got tired, the elephant fell on one side. Her own weight proved to be fatal. She broke her leg and was not able to stand up anymore. They brought a crane, but even then, they were not able to lift her up. She had arthritis and could not stand up. Full of blood, her crying could break your heart.

In order to cover the accident, the administration brought black fabric and covered the area in which she lived almost her entire life.

She survived until the next day. After her death, they had her cut in big chunks, kept her head in a water barrel and the rest was taken to the Animals' Cemetery where she was incinerated. This was Gaya's end, the dearest animals of all at Baneasa Zoo.


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Her death must not be in vain....

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Posted: Saturday March 24, 2007, 9:39 am
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Julie S. (210)
Friday July 27, 2007, 9:41 pm
poor Gaya... I added a group titled 'GAYA' for the lighting of candels...

Deanna F. (4)
Sunday October 28, 2007, 12:10 am
Gaya girl no matter what hell they put you through you can now be freee, im sorry humans treated you so badly...I will never forget you.Dont be afraid you haved alot of great girls showing you the ropes, Jenny,tyke,heather..many more..There are times i hate being a human,.but i will do everything in my power your NEVER FORGOTTEN..RIP our beautiful angel!

Chiara G. (182)
Saturday December 8, 2007, 8:52 am
bye bye Gaya Hope you are in a better place now

Dayna K. (17)
Wednesday February 20, 2008, 8:46 am
I lit a candle for her and cried as I read about her. Poor Gaya
Her death must not be in vain!

Zoe M. (7)
Thursday November 19, 2009, 10:39 pm
So sad :-{

Nicolae Bârna (0)
Sunday December 5, 2010, 3:52 pm
Poor elephant ! The yaers passed, and I am still upset and revoolted bz tthis awful death...



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