In many Asian cultures, the elephant is a symbol of wisdom.
Moving a single elephant to a barn in Hope, Maine, would be a symbol of stupidity.
Jim Laurita, a veterinarian, has built a steel building with a concrete floor on his property in Knox County and hopes to acquire Rosie, a 42-year-old circus elephant suffering from arthritis.
So far, Laurita has the permission of town officials. We hope he never receives the required licenses from state and federal officials who are weighing his application to acquire Rosie.
The elephant is now living out her life in a herd of 27 other elephants from the Carson and Barnes Circus in Oklahoma.
Laurita’s ostensible purpose for moving Rosie to Maine would be to do experiments in animal physical therapy and then share his results with other elephant trainers.