Police Track Down Elephant After He Escapes From New York Animal Sanctuary

Workers at an animal sanctuary in New York state went into crisis mode this week when an elephant managed to escape. Thankfully, New York state troopers were able to track down the elephant and bring her home safely!

Fritha is a 44 year-old pachyderm who escaped from Amanda Brook’s sanctuary in Westtown on Sunday night. Police were called at 11:35pm, and they immediately went about trying to find the elephant.

Police say that Fritha found a 3-ton pile of hay and enjoyed it as a late night slack before continuing on her way down the road. Troopers were able to find the elephant and contain her as they called sanctuary employees to come to the scene. The workers were then able to coax Fritha back to the sanctuary.

“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,” said Amanda Brook, who owns the sanctuary.

Troopers said that Fritha had been brought to the United States during the Vietnam War, and that she had burn wounds from napalm.

Never a dull moment in Troop F. On November 11, 2018, Troopers patrolled to Westtown to escort a lost elephant back home,” the troopers wrote on Facebook. “The elephant wandered away from an animal sanctuary.”

We’re glad that this story had a happy ending and that Fritha is back home safe and sound, where she belongs! Find out more in the video below.


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