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There Will Be Tears: The Ten Thousand Pound Love Story We Can't Wait to Watch
Imagine a demeanor like Eeyore's—gray and profoundly mopey—just several hundred times bigger.
You've now got a pretty good picture of Flora, an African elephant. Orphaned as a baby and adopted by circus owner David Balding to be the star of his show, Flora was raised doing tricks in the ring and being cuddled and fed peanuts during her down time.
Nonetheless, as she grew up, she became listless and occasionally ornery, performing under the big top reluctantly and occasionally blowing off steam by chucking stones at people with her trunk. It became clear that she was longing to retire, ideally to somewhere filled with fewer audience members and more elephants.