Bob Barker Pays $1 Million to Transport Zoo Elephants to CA Sanctuary
When it comes to shelling out for animal welfare, the price is always right for Bob Barker.
On Monday, former “The Price Is Right” host and animal rights activist Barker welcomed three African elephants — Iringa, Thika and Toka — to their new home at the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound in California’s San Andreas hills.
Barker, 89, footed the nearly $1 million bill to bring the elephants on the 50-hour truck journey from Canada’s Toronto Zoo to PAWS’ sanctuary, which provides elephants with “hundreds of acres of varied natural terrain to roam, lakes and pools to bathe in, and elephant barns equipped with heated stalls and therapeutic Jacuzzis.”
“This was a triple play!” Barker said while witnessing the elephants’ arrival at their new home they will share with eight other elephants. “It was a real battle and one of our biggest successes,” he said.
“It was more than emotional for me, for all of us,” said Barker, who ended every episode of his game show with a reminder to viewers to spay and neuter their pets. “I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It’s hard to believe they are finally here.”
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