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Judge: County now possesses Nosey the Elephant; long-term future in doubt

The animal's owner said he was passing through Moulton and stopped to get his brakes fixed.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 11:41 AM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 10:42 PM

A Lawrence County judge has ruled that an African elephant can remain in the county's possession overnight, but the future of the pachyderm is still in question.

The judge ruled the elephant, named "Nosey," can be possessed by the county, but he also ordered a continuation for the writ of seizure. This comes just hours after a stop for road repairs led to the elephant being stranded in Lawrence County.

The owner and county officials faced off in the courtroom Thursday after Lawrence County animal control officers investigated the animal.

The owner of the elephant said he was bringing his circus to Gadsden and stopped in Moulton on Highway 157 to get his brakes fixed.

While he was there, the owner said he took the elephant out of her trailer and placed her in a pen.

Lawrence County animal control officers came by and began the process of confiscating the elephant.

Animal control officials said they came out to where the elephant was after getting calls about it. They said they were concerned about the overall health of the elephant, including its living conditions and weight.

The elephant will now be transported to an sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee after it received an import license to transfer Nosey across state lines.

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