02/05/2015 06:04 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT

Edmonton Valley Zoo Turns Down Coat For Lucy The Elephant

"This is not an item required for Lucy's well-being or care."

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Valley Zoo's lone elephant will not get a chance to try on a winter coat from a group concerned about her well-being.

Friends of Lucy chipped in $250 to buy the extra-extra-extra large waterproof and insulated garment to protect Lucy from the cold.

Zoo spokeswoman Debi Winwood says Lucy doesn't need the coat, which Winwood says is more like a blanket.

She says it will be donated to an elephant orphanage in Africa or Asia.

Animal rights groups have been after the zoo for years to move the aging Lucy from a climate they say is too harsh for her.

The zoo says Lucy has been examined by a veterinarian and deemed too sick to travel because of respiratory troubles.

"Lucy's barn is spacious and warm with a heated padded floor. This is not an item required for Lucy's well-being or care," Winwood said Thursday.

"We will gratefully extend the offered blanket to these agencies so the contribution will not be wasted."

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