Charlie Franks loved elephants ever since she was a little boy. One day back in 1955 he and his wife Madeline adopted Sunita (Nita, for short), a young Asian elephant who was 5 years old at the time. The couple raised Nita and trained her – appearing with him in parades and TV shows.
Nita was loved by Charlie and Madeline like she was their child. When Charlie was set to retire, he knew he had to find Nita a home. He refused to sell her to a circus, so he donated her to the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, California in 1974. She became the park’s smartest and most beloved elephant.
Fifteen years later, he reunited with her at the park and the two old friends picked up exactly where they left off!
“Their actions are so much like a human being, that you can’t help but fall for them,” says Charlie in the video and adds, “If you take care of them, they are friends for life.”