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Bob Barker Pays $880,000 To Fly Elephants To Sanctuary

Bob Barker Pays $880,000 To Fly Elephants To Sanctuary

Famed game show host Bob Barker has once again stepped forward to help animals in need. Barker is spending $880,000 to fly three elephants to a California sanctuary aboard a private cargo plane.

The last remaining elephants at Toronto Zoo; Thika, Iringa and Toka will soon be enjoying sunny weather at the PAWS Sanctuary in San Andreas, California, after concerns mounted that the cold Canadian climate was unsuitable for the animals.

At first the elephants were scheduled to make their journey by truck, but when one of them developed a foot problem that could have made the trip fatal, Barker offered to pay to fly all three of the animals to their new home.

Barker said the elephants “have suffered so much for so long and now they have an opportunity to live the rest of their lives at what has been described as ‘elephant paradise.’ To think that one of them might not survive the trip in a truck touched my heart and purse strings.”

The Performing Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) elephant sanctuary has acres of land for the pachyderms to explore including lakes, hills and flatlands; plus there are other elephants are on hand to meet.

The elephants will be transported in crates inside a Russian cargo jet before May 15.

Barker, who is 88-years young, says he plans to greet the elephants at the sanctuary when they arrive.

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4:52PM PDT on May 15, 2012

God bless Bob Barker

9:48AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Bravissimo Bob.

9:17AM PDT on May 15, 2012

great bob

6:20PM PDT on May 14, 2012

He puts his money where his mouth is. Way to go Bob!

9:10AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I have long admired you Bob Barker for standing up for and supporting animals. Since I first heard you encourage people to "spay and neuter" their pets at the end of each Price is Right show, I knew you were a class act. You continue to speak out and support these causes financially. I wish more people used their celebrity like you do! Thanks for all you do for the animals.

3:29AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

What an amazing man. Keep up the good work.

1:11PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

What a great guy. I remember watching him on TV when I was really little. Using his fame and fortune to help animals is just amazing. He's quite a role model

10:15AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Bob I watched you growing up and to see all the good you do is a real pleasure. I wish more people would do as you have.

8:37AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

great news :) thanks for sharing

6:36PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

BRAVO!!!!

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