The world’s largest elephant has been taken to a US wildlife sanctuary, after a lawsuit filed by the US Department of the Interior accused it of having a “criminal history” and threatened to close it.
The lawsuit, filed in April, alleged that the elephant, named Baccarat, was not only trafficked but also exploited and neglected.
Baccaras owners and their representatives denied the allegations.
It was not immediately clear if the US government has retained a lawyer to defend it.
Bacaroos were listed on the endangered species list in 1993.
The elephant is being cared for by the Wildlife Conservation Society in the US, according to the lawsuit.
The US government says the bacaroons is one of only two surviving bacaros in the world, along with the one in Kenya.
Baca elephants live in South America and are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Convention on Biological Diversity.
“I believe that this lawsuit is a serious, serious matter,” said US Rep. Tom Cole, the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, in a statement.
“It is outrageous and the US Government should be held accountable for its actions.”
Cole is the ranking member of the House committee, which oversees Baccaroos.
Cole’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Bocaos are considered a symbol of the Baca people, who speak two different languages and are ethnically diverse.
They are also considered one of the most endangered and threatened species in the country, according the World Wildlife Fund.
The suit alleges that Baccataros were trafficked and that the US was aware of the illegal trade and the elephant was abused in captivity.
It said the elephant has suffered from serious injuries, including multiple broken ribs and a broken neck, since being captured in the wild.
In 2015, Baca aficionados began using a website to track the whereabouts of the elephant.
They also began posting videos of the animal in its natural habitat, according on the lawsuit, which was filed in March.
The video footage has attracted more than 50,000 views.
“We’ve been very vocal about Baccarin’s plight and what it means for Baccatas and our species,” said Michael Korn, founder of BacaAficionados.com, a website that tracks the whereabouts and fate of endangered animals.
“This is the biggest story in the history of our species.
It’s time for the US to get this right.”