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Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:59 am, Fri Apr 27, 2012.

The owner of the Galt-based Performing Animal Welfare Society says an African elephant is still welcome after killing the zookeeper who was preparing to move it from New Zealand.

The organization's sanctuary in San Andreas was going to be home to the elephant now called Mila but known as Jumbo for 30 years in a circus.

PAWS owner Pat Derby said Thursday there may be ownership problems. Mila had been at the Franklin Zoo near Auckland while zoo owner Helen Schofield worked to place her. Derby says she and Schofield had been working on the move for two years.

Schofield was training Mila how to live in a crate during the trip. She told Derby a month ago it was going well.

Schofield was crushed to death Wednesday when Mila picked her up in its trunk and lifted her off ground.

PAWS is working to move a trio of elephants in similar crates from a Toronto zoo. Animal activist Bob Barker has said he will pay to fly the animals to San Andreas.

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