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Elephant Remembers Old Trainer in Emotional Reunion

Inside Edition logo Inside Edition 5/9/2019 Stephanie Officer

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As the adage goes — an elephant never forgets.

After 35 years, Kristy the Asian elephant still has fond memories of her former zookeeper, Peter Adamson. He was Kristy's trainer in the early '70s and '80s, when she lived at a zoo in Scotland that is now closed.

The pair reunited at the Neunkircher Zoo in Germany while Adamson was visiting friends in Germany.

He found out Kristy was still alive at 52 years old and still healthy. The average lifespan for Asian elephants is 48 years.

Adamson contacted the zoo and officials arranged the emotional reunion.

As that reunion unfolded, a pair of baby elephants got a second chance at life.

a close up of a man: Kristy the Asian elephant was reunited with her trainer after more than 30 years. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Kristy the Asian elephant was reunited with her trainer after more than 30 years. The calves somehow slipped into a pit in Sri Lanka, struggling there for three hours before wildlife officials brought in an excavator to dig an escape route.

It took a little upper body strength, some wiggling and a little bit of help before both tots were able to climb out.

Wildlife officials used loud crackers to chase the calves back into the wild, so they could run right back to their mothers — capping an adventure they may never forget, either.

 
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