A Hollywood actress has joined Portland activists in the fight to free Packy. Will we be seeing Portland’s beloved elephant heading into retirement?
Actress Lily Tomlin sounded off this morning. She wrote to the Oregon Zoo’s Director Kim Smith asking that Packy be sent to a sanctuary for a well deserved retirement. But Smith says that would not necessarily be the best thing for Packy.
“He’s almost 52 years old now. He’s an older elephant. He’s a geriatric animal and I feel that for his own welfare it’s important for him to be with his family.”
She says it’s critical for elephants to be part of a social family group. And separating the patriarch from his herd could hurt his health. So for now Packy will continue to call the Oregon Zoo his home.