But when the zoo got into financial difficulties she was again sold off, and in 2009 was taken to Le Barben zoo in France, whose herd did not accept her so she was moved in 2011 to Le Cornelle near Milan, Italy - where the same thing happened.
Finally she ended up where she is now, where campaigners say she has been for more than a year.
Indian elephants can live for up to 60 or 70 years.
Roberta Brown, one of the activists behind the campaign, said: ‘Elephants are highly sociable beings, with very strong ties to their families. Losing her family and then being isolated must’ve had a devastating effect on Tania.
'Elephants are traditionally pack animals with close family ties but Tania lives all alone in the Romanian zoo where her conditions are inappropriate to say the least.
'She is showing signs of severe stress and has a damaged foot which is in need of treatment. She is often seen swaying from side to side and also seen rubbing her head against her enclosure which are both signs of distress in elephants.
'The floor has no drainage, and Tania has to stay with her ill feet in her own urine and faeces.
'She has had a life of misery and neglect, and to give her one last chance of some happiness at the end of days and after all she has gone through.'
A reporter contacted the zoo over the allegations but the director was unavailable for comment.
adoptpets: Mila should be at a sanctuary instead of a zoo as I don’t see a purpose for elephants at zoos. And as we saw in Denmark with Marius the Giraffe animals in zoos are simply a commodity. And even when “surplus” animals aren’t killed by zoos, even “good zoos” like San Diego Zoo will sell their unwanted animals to licensed auctioneers and dealers. These individuals will then turn around and re-sell them to unlicensed third parties. You can read more about that here from Alan Green’s book “Animal Underground.”
Also, in 2003 San Diego caused a controversy by participating in a transfer of 11 orphaned elephants from Africa to San Diego zoo and another US zoo. San Diego defends its transfer by arguing that they were going to be killed but others argue that they should have stayed in Africa. More about that here.
And no doubt that Tania’s and Mila’s lonliness were because of them being placed in zoos in the first place. So, while Mila’s ending isn’t “happy” it is at least better for now and I wanted to include this gif to show just how much elephants need the company of their own species.
You can visit the Tania’s campaign Facebook page here.
Petition here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/956/417/286/free-tania-the-elephant-from-tirgu-mures-zoo-in-romania/
And contact the people who have power to release her to a sanctuary directly:
Email: Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email the European Commission.
Attention: Ion Codescu, Head of Enforcement.
To File a Complaint with the European Commission go to this link
Email your Romanian Ambassador to allow transfer:
Tania is a 37-year-old elephant suffering a life of solitary confinement at the Targu-Mures Zoo in Romania, transferred from an Italian zoo in September. Although the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria requires that zoos house female elephants in groups, Tania continues to languish without the company of other elephants. This is cruel punishment for female elephants, who are profoundly social.
Tania was captured in the wild in the 1970s, likely prematurely separated from her mother and other family members. She was then sent to a zoo in France where she appears to have lived alone for more than 20 years. Observers note that since her arrival at Targu-Mures Zoo, Tania has been forced to live indoors in a tiny barren cell standing on concrete, often in her own urine and feces. The zoo industry reportedly claims that Tania does not get along with other elephants. Zoos often use this claim to justify housing solitary elephants when, in fact, it is the unnatural conditions at zoos that deprive elephants of their most basic needs - room to move and more natural social groupings. Tania also repeatedly rocks and sways, which is a coping mechanism indicating she is in psychological distress.
Please, investigate Tania’s situation and improve her life. This is a shame for Europe to keep elephants in cells like prisoners.