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One Lucky Elephant (2010)

 |  Documentary  |  8 June 2011 (USA)
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Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows the poignant journey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find a nurturing and permanent home for Flora, the 18-year-old ... See full summary »

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Ten years in the making, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT follows the poignant journey of circus producer David Balding as he tries to find a nurturing and permanent home for Flora, the 18-year-old African elephant that he rescued as an infant, raised as his "daughter" and made the star of his circus. David's love for Flora is put to the ultimate test when he realizes he made a terrible mistake keeping her as a solo elephant, and decides to retire her from the circus after 17 years of performing. Knowing Flora will outlive him, and with his health and finances becoming an issue, David sets off on a quest to find a home for Flora can live freely with other elephants. This complicated task begins with Flora's final circus performance in St. Louis and takes us on an emotional trek across America, then to Africa and back. We follow David's journey as he discovers just how difficult it is to find a proper home for an elephant in a world that reveres these animals for their majesty yet slaughters them ... Written by Crossover Staff

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Interesting Story about a 'domesticated' elephant's journey
28 July 2014 | by (Dallas, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

Very well done story about the journey of an elephant named Flora from a small circus to 'retirement' in a sanctuary for elephants. Some stupid idiot 'phd' female determined that Flora (and other captive elephants) were suffering from 'ptsd'. How moronic! It's bad enough that we make wild animals perform in a circus but then to ascribe their occasional (or frequent) 'acting out' episodes (i.e., 'reacting wild in a non-wild arena') to 'ptsd'... hmmm. I feel THIS way about 'ptsd' when ascribed to HUMANs... MAN UP! Everyone goes through traumatic experiences in life, 'oh well!' THAT'S LIFE. The character of a man (or a woman) determines how one responds to trauma, emotional or physical. EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER in the First / Second World Wars, the Korean War (not a 'conflict' but a WAR), Vietnam, Gulf Wars, etc. suffered after their time at war from feelings of fear, regret, horror. OF COURSE. But some decided to buy into the bull of 'lifelong' ptsd. That is the same kind of baloney as 'attention deficit' "disorder". Now THAT is a matter of self-discipline (in adults) and lack of good mentoring/teaching by 'teachers' or lack of effective, involved parenting by parents. Dr. Swindoll has some excellent books on THAT subject (aka 'boys will be boys') go find 'em and read 'em if you think you have a child with ADD (usually a BOY, btw). Back to this elephant bio... Flora was being an elephant when she 'acts out'. From a baby age, Flora was not raised with other elephants but with human beings who raised her to PERFORM. 18 years of that and any wild animal would be 'skewed' in its reactions to people or other elephants. This was certainly true for Flora. By the time Flora was 'diagnosed' with 'ptsd', she was a young grownup elephant (in her 20s). All she did at that time was BE an ADULT wild animal, who sometimes expressed her emotional response to the world through what WE AS HUMANS call 'aggression' but in the case of an ELEPHANT... is something different. I think the woman who ended up with Flora on her elephant 'sanctuary' made a BAD mistake when she trusted the 'phd' woman who said that Flora had 'ptsd'. She betrayed the trust of both Flora and her former human caregiver, David, by denying Flora the occasional visits from the man who raised her and loved her for most of her life. Still I recommend this 'documentary' about the elephant, but I say 'bah humbug' to the woman caregiver who took over from David (Carol). She imposed human emotions onto an ELEPHANT and decided to be a 'command and control' 'manager' by denying the longevity of elephant memory and also denying the elephant contact with the human man who really does love her. FOR SHAME.


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