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Air Force about to move African elephant from Alaska to Calif.
Alaska's only elephant is coming in from the cold. Maggie, a 25-year-old African elephant, will be flown today from The Alaska Zoo to the Performing Animal Welfare Society in balmy California.
After coming under fire from critics who complained about the animal's poor quality of life, the zoo spent $100,000 on a treadmill for the 8,000-pound elephant, but she wouldn't use the machine and her exercise was limited to a small enclosure outside the elephant house.
They zoo eventually agreed to move her to California.
"She's definitely going first class," Alaska Zoo spokeswoman Eileen Floyd tells the Anchorage Daily News.
Handlers have warned the crew of the C-17 transport plane that they're likely to hear Maggie trumpeting and banging her head during the trip. To calm her nerves, the transport team, which includes veterinarians, will have some of her favorite toys on board the plane.
(Photo taken Saturday by Al Grillo, AP.)