Baby and Nepal were said to be a threat to other animals and visitors to the zoo in Lyon that was their home, as the disease is highly contagious, prompting authorities to say that the animals had to be put to sleep.
The two elephants had been owned by circus promoter, Gilbert Edelstein, who donated them to the Parc de la Tete d'Or zoo, and who said that when he handed Baby and Nepal over the two forty-something females were healthy.
But an online campaign addressed to François Hollande asking for the elephants to be saved gained more than 22,000 signatures.
And while it seems the elephants will see another Christmas it is still uncertain whether the suspension of the order will be permanent.
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