LOS ANGELES (AP) — A city councilman wants to move an Asian elephant from the Los Angeles Zoo to a sanctuary where it can roam more widely, but zoo officials say its habitat is state of the art.
Councilman Paul Koretz said Tuesday he will introduce a plan for moving Billy the elephant at Wednesday’s council meeting.
Koretz and the group Voice For The Animals claim Billy’s habitat is constrained and his habit of bobbing his head is a sign of trouble.
Zoo officials say the Elephants of Asia exhibit sprawls over 6.5 acres (2.63 hectares), including varied features.
Director John Lewis says a barrier between Billy and two females prevents breeding but he still socializes. Lewis says Billy bobs his head when he hears his keepers and knows it’s time to be fed.