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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 4:56 pm | Updated: 4:59 pm, Fri Oct 18, 2013.

SAN ANDREAS — The three Toronto Zoo elephants have packed their trunks earlier than anticipated and are in route to the Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary here. Earlier in the week, the News-Sentinel reported the move likely wouldn’t be until after Thanksgiving.

However, they were loaded into crates and onto flatbed trailers late Thursday and crossed into the United States just before dawn today, according to journalists posting regular updates on line.

Toka, Thika and Iringa have been in the middle of a long fight to move them to California after the Toronto City Council approved it two years ago this month.

But the move was delayed on several occasions, as clashes took place over where the elephants should go, concerns about their future welfare at the sanctuary and how they should be transported.

PAWS is based in Galt. To follow the elephant trek to its ARK 2000 sanctuary in San Andreas, visit cbc.ca/fifth/elephants.

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