Zookeeper Reunited With Elephant He Cared For 35 Years Ago.
Are you lucky enough to have a special connection with an animal in your life? Perhaps you have a blanket-hogging puppy or peanut butter-loving pig at home that you couldn't live without? Well, if so, then you understand how truly unique a bond with an animal can be. When this zookeeper lost touch with his favorite elephant over 35 years ago, he never thought he would find her again. But thanks to the internet, he was able to find out how good an elephant's memory really is!
When Kirsty was brought to the Calderpark Zoo in the 1980s, she immediately became good friends with the zookeeper there, Peter Adams.
Sadly, Kirsty, who is believed to have been born in 1967, was relocated to the Chester Zoo in 1987. Even though she missed Peter dearly, she was able to meet her lifelong female companion, Judy, for the very first time!
In 1994, Judy and Kirsty were moved to Dublin where they lived until 2005.
Then, they were transferred to the Neunkirchen Zoo in Germany. Unfortunately, Peter lost track of Kirsty soon after she left Glasglow. That was, until recently, when he finally located her through a search on the Internet.
Of course, Peter knew that he needed to reunite with his favorite elephant, but would Kirsty remember her favorite zookeeper?
Peter wasn’t so sure, saying: "Of course, I was wondering if there was any truth to the phrase 'elephants never forget.'"
After a few phone calls, Peter was able to arrange a reunion with Kirsty, thanks to the bosses at Neunkirchen Zoo.
Finally, after 30 years, they would be reunited once again! It shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that Peter was more than happy to see Kirsty’s reaction!
According to a spokesperson from the zoo, "Kirsty recognized Peter Adams, who outwardly has changed very much, by his voice."
Overcome with emotion, Peter said: "That she allowed me to get close and accepted me was a very emotional experience for me. I will always keep that memory in my heart.” Peter says that now that he knows where 52-year-old Kirsty is, he’s planning on visiting her as often as he can!