Posted: 9:01 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Animal lover Bob Barker used to sign off every Price Is Right episode by reminding people to help control the pet population by spaying and neutering their pets. But his good deeds toward animals haven’t stopped.
The legendary game show host donated a cool $1 million to relocate three elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a sprawling animal sanctuary in California.
In 2011 — after pressure from PETA and Zoocheck Canada — the Toronto City Council agreed that the Performing Animal Welfare Society was a far better home for the majestic creatures than their cramped two acre display at the zoo.
Eighty-nine-year-old Barker paid the entire cost — estimated to be nearly $1 million — for their 2,500 mile, 50 hour relocation. The TV icon has been an ardent advocate of getting the elephants out of the zoo and into their new 86 acre range. “This move has been a long time coming, but what matters is that the elephants are here,” said Barker upon welcoming Toka, 43, Thika, 33, and Iringa, 44, to the sanctuary.