PETA offers to help save Margate's Lucy the Elephant

PETA offers to help save Margate?s Lucy the

PETA offers to help save Margate?s Lucy the Elephant (File Photo)

MARGATE - An animal rights organization is offering to help save a giant wood and tin elephant if it can send a message about the plight of the real-life creatures.

PETA said Thursday it will pay for some of Lucy the Elephant's estimated $58,000 in repairs in exchange for using the Margate landmark as a "spokes-elephant" for elephants forced into circus work.

The 134-year-old Lucy attraction needs crumbling wood replaced and a new coat of paint from head to her multicolored toenails.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk called its offer a "win-win."

Richard Helfant, the executive director of the organization that runs and maintains Lucy, didn't immediately respond to a message Friday.

The Save Lucy Committee has been raising money by selling T-shirts and appealing to crowdfunding web sites.

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