Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

by Harper Perennial

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  • Modoc is the joint biography of a man and an elephant born in a small German circus town on the same day in 1896. Bram
    was the son of an elephant trainer, Modoc the daughter of his prize performer. The boy and animal grew up devoted to
    each other. When the Wunderzircus was sold to an American, with no provision to take along the human staff, Bram stowed
    away on the ship to prevent being separated from his beloved Modoc. A shipwreck off the Indian coast and a sojourn with
    a maharajah were only the beginning of the pair's incredible adventures. They battled bandits, armed revolutionaries,
    cruel animal trainers, and greedy circus owners in their quest to stay together. They triumphed against the odds and
    thrilled American circus audiences with Modoc's dazzling solo performances, only to be torn apart with brutal
    suddenness, seemingly never to meet again. Hollywood animal trainer Ralph Helfer rescued Modoc from ill-treatment and
    learned her astonishing story when Bram rediscovered her at Helfer's company. His emotional retelling of this true-life
    adventure epic will make pulses race and bring tears to readers' eyes. --Wendy Smith