The Niabi Zoo will soon say goodbye to its beloved elephants and folks are flocking to the zoo to see them one last time before they go.
"You love the elephants right Schuyler? Yea."
Mom Luci Maxwell says her kids adore these extra large mammals.
And like many others when her family found out Babe and Sophie are moving on, they planned a special trip.
"We wanted to make a day of it to say goodbye to the elephants.
Because you know you come to the zoo to see the elephants they're so exciting and they're fun," said Maxwell.
"We knew they were leaving and we have a 1 year old with us, 15 months, and we wanted her to see the elephants," said Betty Paul, who also went to the zoo to see the elephants.
While folks say they're sad to see them go, they understand the Illinois' winters are just too tough for these gentle giants.
"I think it would be better for them to be where they can be outdoors in the winter time. Whatever is best for the animals is what should be done," said Paul.
"For that we want them to be in a better place where they're happy and healthy," said Maxwell.
People say losing the elephants will be a big hit, but it won't stop them from spending an afternoon at the Niabi Zoo.
"It's going to be a big loss because it's going to be a big hole over their. But I'm sure people will still support the zoo cause there's other animals and I know they've done a lot of updates so it's a nice place to bring our animals," said Maxwell.
The zoo director tells us they hope to move Babe and Sophie out before winter. No word yet on where they will go.
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