Taken from her mother in the wild at just 2 years old and shipped from Africa to the U.S. in the early 1980s, Nosey has been performing in circuses pretty much ever since. Now, she's over 30 years old, and suffers from degenerative joint disease, among other health problems.
But her owner, Hugo Tommy Liebel of the Liebel Family Circus (which has racked up many animal welfare violations over the years), won't let Nosey retire. When she's not performing in his own shows, he rents her out.
"It seems like a never-ending saga for the circus elephant Nosey, who has endured insurmountable pain and suffering for at least a decade," Senator Lesniak wrote, adding that her story came into the spotlight this past summer, after she was seen limping while people rode on her back.