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Ruperta suffered a fall this Monday 08-28-2017 and is in serious condition!

Jorge Solano
Central Texas, TX, United States

Aug 30, 2017 — Venezuelan news outlets and Caraota Digital report that Ruperta, the beloved elephant at the Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela, suffered a fall this Monday and that she could not get up. According to a zoo worker quoted in the article, the 46 year old elephant is in serious condition and could not get up until zoo workers helped her. She was on the ground for at least 2 hours. These are horrible news! Furthermore, the sources say that zoo workers have been threatened if they disclose any information about Ruperta's health.

Other reports state that more than 50 zoo animals have died in recent months, including several that were slaughtered for meat or taken alive by individuals who broke into one of the zoos. To this, we must add the heartbreaking human tragedy: Some reports say that up to 4 children die every week in Venezuela due to hunger. Meanwhile, President Maduro's regime persecutes political opponents, undermines what is left of the Venezuelan economy and democratic institutions, and hands out guns to his supporters so that they can defend the "fatherland" from an "imperialist invasion".

We must keep the story of Ruperta alive! Help this petition and any other petition or effort to help Ruperta and Venezuela! It is the right and moral thing to to! God bless Ruperta! God bless the good people of Veneuela in their time of great need!

P.S. - Keep people of Texas in your prayers and consider helping. Donate to organizations like the American Red Cross, Austin Pets Alive, Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition.

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