Charlie Franks is a self-proclaimed Circus man from back when the Circus was a treasure. As the industry changed and Charlie got older, it was clear he couldn’t continue on as an elephant trainer forever and he had to give up his beloved and sweet elephant, Sunita. He got Nita back in 1955 at the age of 6 and trained her for over a decade, before donating the intelligent elephant to the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
After Charlie’s wife passed away, he knew that his days were also numbered and at 80 years old, he decided to pay his old friend a visit. In this touching video from 1988, Charlie sees Nita for the first time in 15 years. Nita comes running over to her friend as if not a day had gone by. This touching video proves that an elephant truly doesn’t forget a person – and how they were treated.
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