Oklahoma: Where the deer and the elephants roam

Saturday, January 1, 2011

by Bob Hammack

The Oklahoman

In 1930, schoolchildren across Oklahoma City attended a huge parade of dignitaries, led by a marching band, as the city turned out to welcome a 2-year-old elephant named Luna. In the years to come, the playful pachyderm became a star attraction at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

When Luna passed away in 1949, local school kids clamored for a new elephant. Some youngsters from Kingfisher even raised $16 to donate to the cause and presented the money to the zoo.

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