Joy at Endangered Ark Foundation

† Joy
ID Number:   SSP Number: 384 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Dead date: 2010
Death reason: euthanised:
Location:Endangered Ark Foundation
ArrivalEndangered Ark Foundation 2005-10-17
from Hawthorn Corporation
Hawthorn Corporation 1995-02-00
from Circus Vargas
Circus Vargas 1985-00-00
from Roller Brothers Circus
Born:1980 wild
Capture: 1982,
Document updated2009-03-19: Previous locations, SSP, Birth, Text
2010-02-01: Previous locations
2010-02-25: euthanised early this year
I had a female African elephant, with only a right tusk. When I inquired when it had broke off, I was told that it wasn't broke off, but had actually been driven up into the cheek area. It seems she had been knocked down in a fight 6-7 years prior and fell face forward on the asphalt and the tusk was pushed up into her cheek/cranium. Sure enough, if you put your hand deep in the tusk cavity you could just feel the end of the tusk and if you looked at Joy(the elephant) face on, the left side of her cheek had a slight bulge just below the left eye. X rays confirmed the full tusk was up there but she never appeared to suffer any discomfort because of it. //Wade Burck
Apologies to Jim Stockley, Circus No-Spin Zone, 2008-09-28

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