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An Emotional Twitter Thread About Happy The Elephant (10 Tweets)

We're not crying, YOU'RE crying! Why did this Twitter thread have to make us feel all the emotions today. It's too much.

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    Text - Thread Yashar Ali @yashar 1. Elephants are just like us. They celebrate births & mourn deaths. And they grow depressed when they're isolated. They require a companion or herd in order to be happy Мeet Hаppy the Happy is 48 & she lives at the @BronxZoo
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    Wildlife - For the past 13 years, Happy has lived all alone Bronx Zoo and 9 others 7:11 PM 6/5/19 Twitter Web Client
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    Text - @yashar 1d Yashar Ali Replying to @yashar 2. There are two accredited sanctuaries in the US that are willing to accept Happy which would give her the opportunity to large plot of land and be surrounded by other elephants pals. But the @BronxZoo and it's director @JimBreheny are unwilling to give her roam on a up.
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    Text - @yashar 1d 3. The @BronxZoo and @JimBreheny Yashar Ali holding onto Happy for two reasons: money (elephants are a proven revenue generator) and if they admit that Happy would be happier in a sanctuary they know if they give in, they may be forced to send other animals to sanctuaries. t.834 48 3,323 @yashar 1d 4. Happy was captured in Thailand in the early 70s along with six other elephant calves. She and her companion Grumpy Yashar Ali ended up at the @BronxZoo where they kept each other
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    Wildlife - @yashar 1d 5. By 2006, Happy was alone. And she has been alone since then. For years, Yashar Ali animal advocates have begged, protested, & organized in an effort to push the zoo to release Happy to a sanctuary but they have refused. Andrew Cuomo and 9 others 18 3,019 t771 @yashar 1d 6. In the wild, female elephants grew up and live in matriarchal herds. They're Yashar Ali raised by their siblings, aunts, and cousins and they live with them for the rest of their lives. When elephants
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    Text - @yashar 1d 7. So what is Happy's life like? She is kept alone in an indoor elephant stable unless she's on display (alone), for visitors to the @BronxZoo to view when they're on Yashar Ali the monorail. Here is a video taken of Happy in her exhibit...there is no reason for her to live like this. 116K views t720 34 2,792
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    Text - @yashar 1d 8. It gets worse, from November through April, Happy is kept indoors due to the weather. In the wild, she would walk up to 20 miles a day with her herd. Instead, she's kept alone in a stable in the @BronxZoo. There's no reason for this to continue. Happy needs your help. Yashar Ali t675 12 3,018 @yashar 1d 9. Happy is a gal who loves to make history. Over a decade ago, Happy was the first elephant in the world to pass a mirror self-recognition test. It's something only humans,
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    Text - @yashar 1d 10. The other way she's made history is she is the first elephant in America (and perhaps the world) to have a court appointed lawyer representing her Yashar Ali interests. As a result of the work of @NonhumanRights which is representing Нарру. Some of the most respected elephant experts in the world, including Dr. Joyce Poole and Dr. Cynthia Moss, have supported Happy by submitting affidavits in her case. In the words of Poole, "(O)ver millions of years elephants have roamed t
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    Wildlife - @yashar 1d 17. No elephant should live in isolation Yashar Ali and it's unconscionable that the @BronxZoo and @TheWCS have allowed to let this drag on. Happy needs your help, I hope you will share this thread far and wide and join me and @Nonhuman Rights in getting her released. #FreeHappy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 9 others t12,655 199 6,655
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    Wildlife - @yashar 13h 18. "When one elephant dies, the others Yashar Ali researchers have observed a mourn whole herd gather around a dead comrade, touching her with their trunks, and brushing soil and placing branches over her body." A rare video of elephants mourning.... 32.4K views 24 t330 1,508 @yashar 12h 19. Thank you @ella_wills for covering our push to get Happy the elephant released Yashar Ali to a sanctuary. standard.co.uk/news/world/cam..
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