January 23, 2018
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Midcoast vet raises money for elephant facility

The Associated Press

HOPE, Maine — A veterinarian and one-time elephant trainer and his wife have created a nonprofit group to raise money so they can bring a retired circus elephant to Maine.

Jim Laurita of Hope said the elephant named Rosie now lives at a circus headquarters in Oklahoma. He said Rosie is well cared for but unable to receive the special treatment she needs for leg and muscle injuries.

Laurita told WCSH-TV the nonprofit called Hope Elephants will raise money for a large barn and a fence around a 1-acre field where Rosie will live. Laurita also plans to treat other elephants that need medical care.

Laurita said he’ll also open up the facility to teach children about the animals.

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