Ruth managed to escape during the snowstorm on Friday between 5 and 7 a.m. because zookeepers forgot to padlock her door. Ruth was able to push it open and freely exit her heated barn, the story continued.
Local weather stations reported temperatures of -6 to -8 at the time Ruth escaped.
"We are worried about frostbite on her extremities,” said Lovett. “She is in good health and doing well so far.”
A group advocating for Ruth and fellow elephant Emily to be relocated to The Elephant Sanctuary has gathered steam over last year. In addition to gathering petition signatures and garnering significant attention from the press, Send Ruth & Emily to the Elephant Sanctuary is a current Facebook page with heavy support. The group hopes the elephants will be relocated to sanctuary, where there is a warmer climate and extensive space for them to explore.