Elephant in Orange County: Why state police were searching

If you saw an elephant in Orange County late Sunday night, you weren’t dreaming.

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An elephant was spotted walking in the hamlet Westtown Sunday night, police said. Photo submitted by New York State Police

State police responded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday to the report of an elephant wandering in Westtown in Orange County.

The elephant walked away from her home at an animal sanctuary in the town of Minisink at 38 William Lain Road, police said.

The 44-year-old elephant came to the U.S. from Vietnam as a baby. She was burned with napalm during the war said Steven Nevel, state police spokesman.

Police found her in a field. Police said they contacted the owners of the sanctuary who responded to the scene and walked with the elephant back to the sanctuary.

The responding trooper in a statement for Poughkeepsie Journal  said it was pretty amazing because the owners came out and started talking to him and said ‘Where are you going? Go back home’ and it turned around and came back to where it came from. It walked back home into the barn and the owners secured the barn,” Nevel said.

The owners of The Sanctuary For Animals, where the elephant lives, also operate the Dawn Animal Agency, which trains animals for professional use in movies, television shows and other media. According to its website, the agency revenue helps support the sanctuary.

Posted by Poughkeepsie Journal  on ET Nov. 12, 2018