Denmark buys four circus elephants to retire them
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Denmark is buying four circus elephants with the intent of retiring them. 

The country is spending 11 million kroner, the equivalent of $1.6 million, to buy the last four circus elephants in the country to retire them as the nation looks to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, The Associated Press reports.

Animal Protection Denmark will ensure the safety of Ramboline, Lara, Djunga and Jenny until a proper home is found, officials told the outlet. 

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Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen told AP a ban on wild animals in circuses is expected later this year. 

Circus Arena manager Benny Berdino told the outlet he was "sad to say goodbye" to its elephants but is happy they would get a good retirement. 

The fourth elephant belonged to Cirkus Trapez, according to AP.