NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An animal welfare group says an elephant named Happy who has lived alone since her mate was fatally injured is being “unlawfully imprisoned” by a New York City zoo.
In a legal petition filed Tuesday in Orleans County, the Nonhuman Rights Project says Happy has similar rights to a human being and should be relocated from the Bronx Zoo to a larger private sanctuary.READ MORE: Mets Get All-Star Javier Báez, Trevor Williams From Cubs For Outfield Prospect
Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny says the lawsuit is based on “ludicrous legal arguments and lies.”READ MORE: Tornado Confirmed In Essex County; Residents In New Jersey Face Big Cleanup
Happy was paired with another elephant named Grumpy for 25 years. Grumpy died in 2002 after he was injured during a confrontation with two other elephants. She was then paired with Sammy, who died in 2006.
Zoo officials say Happy is content, not isolated and might suffer from a transfer.MORE NEWS: Sunshine Mills Recalling Dog Foods Over Mold Concerns
(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)