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One Lucky Elephant

Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show.

But as Flora approaches adulthood, he realises that she is not happy performing. David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants.

The road to Flora's retirement is difficult and emotional, and tests their bond in unexpected ways.

Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, and the relationship between David and Flora.

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One Lucky Elephant synopsis

Circus producer David Balding's beloved elephant Flora is no longer happy to perform, and he must find her a new home

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