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How one act of kindness can echo down the years

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 04/11/2013

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and it would be hard to better the true story of a Belfast Zoo keeper who helped to care for a baby elephant during the Second World War, by keeping it in her own home at nights during the Blitz. Otherwise, the animal might have shared the fate of others which were shot on the orders of the British Ministry of Public Security.

Denise Weston Austin, the 'elephant angel' lived until the 1990s, and Sheila the elephant survived into the 1970s. Their remarkable story is now being made into a film, and it will show how a story of courage and goodness can live on, to warm all our hearts.

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