The elephant and the zookeeper
At Glasgow’s Calder Park Zoo, Peter Adams once held a position as a zookeeper.
Having raised an Asian elephant for more than 20 years, he spent time with it here.
Since they interacted every day from the 1970s until 1987, they developed a special bond.
After Kirsty moved, Adams stopped keeping track of her. I later learned that she is currently in Germany, though.
The ex-keeper of the zoo planned a get-together with his old friend, who was thrilled to hear she was still alive.
Mr. Adams wasn’t sure if Kirsty would recognise him, but he soon learned that she did when the elephant gave him a warm embrace.
Naturally, I was pondering whether the adage „elephants never forget“ was accurate.
She made it possible for me to get close to her and for her to accept me, thus it was a really emotional experience for me.
I will always treasure those recollections, Mr. Adams continued.
Her current zookeeper claims that the elephants can identify previous humans by the sound of their voice.
The Scotsman promised that he would now try his hardest to meet up with her old friend.
In her current home, Kirsty is described as „intelligent and eager to learn, but also dominant over others of her species.“