Bob Barker spends $1 million to move elephants from Canada zoo to California sanctuary
Bob Barker may have spent his career as a champion of spaying and neutering pets, but he's really putting his money where his mouth is by giving $1 million to move a trio of elephants from Canada to an animal sanctuary in California. You could say he told them to come on down.
Sacramento's Fox 40 reported Monday that Barker had been lobbying the Toronto Zoo to release Iringa, Thika and Toka, and send them to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif. The site usually takes circus animals for its 2,000 acres, including eight other pachyderms, but took in the zoo animals with Barker's help. "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes. I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry," the 89-year-old said. He stepped in with the donation after the Toronto Zoo refused to cooperate. "The ones that were crying the most were those miserable zoo keepers in Toronto."
As for doling out the cash, Bob said it was no big deal: “I had a job that I loved … I was very well paid for it, and now I’m spending my money. I intend to die broke." Think of how many elephants he can buy!