Lucky's solitude has also been one of the reasons the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is pursuing a lawsuit against the zoo on Lucky's behalf.
"Our position is that by housing Lucky in solitude, for a species as social as elephants are, it's unequivocally harmful to her," Carney Anne Nasser, senior counsel at ALDF, recently told The Dodo. But ALDF had aimed for Lucky to go to a place more appropriate for her - a sanctuary more expansive than her enclosure and with more companions.
Lucky was taken from her mother in the wild back in the 1960s. She was shipped in a crate to the U.S. when she was just a baby. She has lived at the zoo for the past 53 years.