Fat Elephant Refuses to Exercise.

Maggie, the lone elephant at Anchorage's Alaska Zoo, is too fat. Her trainers have been trying to get her on the world's first treadmill for pachyderm, using her favorite treats as enticement. So far, Maggie has said "Exercise? Thanks, but no thanks!"

For two months, Maggie's trainers have used her favorite treats -- watermelon, apples, carrots, peanuts in the shell, banana slices and sweet potatoes -- to entice the 8,000-pound elephant into exercising on the $100,000 piece of equipment.

"She has two feet on the treadmill and has touched a third one on it," zoo director Pat Lampi said Tuesday. "Every six inches forward is a new goal. There are a lot of steps to go."

Maybe she needs an elephant friend.


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