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, NJ., 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.