An elephant ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇd from Vietnam decades ago is back safe and sound after escaping from an animal sanctuary in Orange County, Nᴇᴡ Yᴏʀᴋ.
Authorities in Westtown said they received a call around 11:35 p.m. Sunday night about a loose elephant on Wɪʟʟiam Laine Road that apparently wandered away from her ʙᴀʀɴ.
The owner of the sanctuary says 44-year-old Fritha was able to escape due to human error after her nightly feeding.
“She has an electric fence that keeps her contained, and just human error, they forgot to flip her swɪᴛᴄʜ on and it makes a cʟɪᴄᴋing noise and elephants are very, very smart and she knows that cʟɪᴄᴋing noise wasn’t on,” sanctuary owner Amanda Brook said.
Fritha made her first stop at a 3-ton pile of hay and enjoyed a midnight snack before meandering ᴅᴏᴡɴ the road.
An employee responded to the scene and called out to Fritha who then follᴏᴡᴇᴅ the employee back. She was back to her ʙᴀʀɴ and safe by 12:05 a.m.
Nᴇᴡ Yᴏʀᴋ State Pᴏʟɪᴄᴇ ᴛʀᴏᴏᴘer Sgt. Dave Scott was especially thankful the elephant follᴏᴡᴇᴅ directions and returned to her pen. He said he really didn’t have a backup plan.
“I don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t gotten a hold of the owners,” Scott said. “It’s not like you can call the local dog warden and have him pick up an elephant.”
Officials say Fritha was bʀᴏᴜɢʜt to the Uɴɪᴛᴇᴅ Sᴛᴀᴛᴇs by the sanctuary after she was ʙᴜʀɴed by ɴᴀᴘᴀʟᴍ during the Vietnam War.
“Tʀᴏᴏᴘ F- Never a dull moment in Tʀᴏᴏᴘ F. On November 11, 2018, Tʀᴏᴏᴘers patrolled to Westtown to escort a ʟᴏsᴛ elephant back home. She is 44 years old and from Vietnam. She was ʙᴜʀɴed by Nᴀᴘᴀʟᴍ during the war. She wandered away from an animal sanctuary and was escorted back home by ᴛʀᴏᴏᴘers and workers from the sanctuary.” Nᴇᴡ Yᴏʀᴋ State Pᴏʟɪᴄᴇ informed.