Escaped Elephant Wanders Through Upstate New York Town

By Bill Galluccio

November 13, 2018

New York State Police were to not expecting to receive a 911 about an elephant that managed to escape from an animal sanctuary in Westtown, which is about 70 miles northwest of New York City. The 44-year-old elephant, named Fritha, was able to escape shortly after being fed because of human error. 

"She has an electric fence that keeps her contained, and just human error, they forgot to flip her switch on and it makes a clicking noise and elephants are very, very smart and she knows that clicking noise wasn't on," sanctuary owner Amanda Brook told WABC.

Officers managed to track down the lost elephant and with the help of an employee from the animal sanctuary, they were able to escort her home without incident. 

"I don't know what we would have done if we hadn't gotten a hold of the owners," New York State Police Seargent Dave Scott said. "It's not like you can call the local dog warden and have him pick up an elephant."

The State Police shared photos of Fritha on Facebook and said that she was rescued from Vietnam decades ago after suffering napalm burns.

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