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Lucky and Queenie: Down For Life


Greg Harman

I don't know if any of you have noticed, but every once in a while we print something here at the Current that gets some of our more rigid residents all bent out of shape.

Such was apparently the case after we first wrote about Lucky the Asian elephant, held captive at the San Antonio Zoo. Since filing that report, in which we sided with those advocating Lucky be released to a sanctuary, SAZ Director Steve “The Tusk” McCusker has refused to speak with us.

One of our reporter's was recently denied an interview at the zoo, and no one bothered to even return our inquiry about a new elephant coming to Alamo City yesterday.

In cases such as this, what are we to do but rob and pillage the intrepid reporting of the daily's staff?

After you have read our last post about Queenie/Boo being surrendered to the zoo, and understand the terms of that exchange, consider the following comments from the Express:

The zoo, which paid him $35,000, had tried for six months to buy Boo, McCusker said.


“These two elephants will be here till their demise,” `McCusker` said.

So Result One of the zoo's interception of Queenie: accused animal abuser Davenport, whose other elephants were seized by the USDA last summer, just turned a profit of $20,000 after slipping a $100,000 fine and dodging a federal court date.

Result Two: yesterday's pledge that neither aged elephant will ever stroll across an open field of grass or know a lick of freedom.

We have McCusker's promise.

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