Katherine Connor, founder of Boon Lott's Elephant Sanctuary (BLES), has cared for frail elephants for 13 years. She's deeply concerned about Lucy and says, "I was extremely surprised, not to mention confused, when I read that the people in charge of Lucy's care think she is okay in the snow and below freezing temperatures Canada is well known for.
Elephants normally have a life span of around 60 years. Lucy is 39, but she will not live much longer if she continues to face the harsh weather conditions she is forced to endure now. Her body was not designed to deal with such low temperatures. She is an Asian elephant and it does not snow in Asia. That alone should set alarm bells ringing!"
Thailand's rescued elephants wear coats to protect them from far less cold than Lucy experiences. Thailand's winters aren't nearly as harsh as Edmonton's: Thailand's average February temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius / 90 degrees Fahrenheit to lows of 16 degrees Celsius / 60 degrees Fahrenheit, while Edmonton ranges from highs of only minus 2 degrees Celsius / 28 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime to minus 15 degrees Celsius / 5 degrees Fahrenheit at night.