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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The director of the San Antonio Zoo says its only elephant will not be relocated despite a recent protest.

Steve McCusker tells KENS-TV (http://bit.ly/1CeZ0dC ) that the aging Asian elephant named Lucky will spend the rest of her life alone. He says moving the 54-year-old elephant might kill her and that she probably only has a few years of life left.

A new rule by a national zoo accreditation association says elephants can't live alone in captivity, but it granted the San Antonio zoo an exemption for Lucky.

Fifteen-year-old Isabella Hinajosa last weekend spearheaded a protest near the zoo to relocate the elephant to a sanctuary. She says Lucky looks depressed and shouldn't have to spend her remaining years alone.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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