Huell Howser has had an amazing career as an actor, TV personality, comedian, and host of “California Gold”, a travel show based in Los Angeles at KCET for PBS. If you asked him what his favorite story is, he would tell you it was the time in 1988 when he reunited 87-year-old, ex-circus trainer Charley Franks with Nita, the elephant he gave to the San Diego Zoo when he retired 15 years earlier.
Sadly, Franks passed away shortly afterward, in 1989. Nita lived on for another 20 years at the San Diego Zoo before being reunited with Charley in the great beyond in 2009. Zookeepers fondly remember her for the joy she brought to the zoo’s many visitors, even playing tug-of-war with school children – and winning every time.
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