Yes, this story is several weeks old, but it is worth a read.
Bob Barker was fairly glowing Monday after he'd welcomed former Toronto zoo elephants Iringa, Thika and Toka to their new home at the PAWS animal sanctuary in San Andreas, California — a journey the former game-show host reportedly funded to the tune of nearly $1 million.
Upon watching the animals' arrival Sunday, "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes. I’ve discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry. ... The ones that were crying the most were those miserable zoo keepers in Toronto," said Barker, for years a standout animal activist, in a Monday news conference (via Fox 40) outside the Performing Animal Welfare Society’s ARK 2000 compound.
“We have taken animals from the circus – which is our arch-enemy, as many of you know. But we’ve never had a situation like this,” said Ed Stewart, PAWS co-founder and president. The zoo initially did not cooperate with the effort to move the animals, he said. However, the Sacramento Bee reported, the Toronto City Council two years ago voted to send the animals south after extensive lobby by the former "The Price Is Right" host.
"I have made a difference and thank the good Lord for it," he said. "I had a job that I loved, I was doing what I loved and I was well paid for it. Now I'm spending my money — I intend to die broke — and I'm spending my money on something I consider very important.