Illinois farmer hosts Asian elephants bound for Boston zoo

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TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. (AP) – Two endangered Asian elephants spent the night at an Illinois farm on their way from California to Massachusetts over the weekend.

The female elephants, 49-year-old Tai and 31-year-old Rosie, rested up at Effingham County Fair Board president Phil Hartke’s family farm east of Teutopolis. Hartke tells the Effingham Daily News that he received a call early Friday from Have Trunk Will Travel, Inc., a California-based company that provides elephants for various occasions.

He says the elephants stayed in an empty shed on his property and were hosed down before continuing their journey east on Saturday morning.

Tai and Rosie are headed to Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts where they will be on display for a couple of months.
Information from: Effingham Daily News,