As miracles would have it, a baby female elephant, Modoc, and a baby boy, Bram, are born at the same place in Germany within the same hour. Josef, Bram's father, and elephant trainer, has great dreams for his 2 young ones. No one could be closer than the boy and his elephant, and every time obstacles endanger them, some sort of inner strength prevails. For more than 7 decades, journeys take them all over the world, escaping entrapment and separation. Full of joy and tragedy, this true story will hook your heart and make you believe in survival of the fittest, the smartest!— From Jane
A captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure that spans several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most remarkable true stories ever told, perfect for fans of The Zookeeper's Wife or Water for Elephants.
Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again: through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. As the African Sun-Times put it, Modoc is "heartwarming...probably the greatest love story ever told."
"Once I started this incomparable story, I couldn't put it down, and I cannot get it out of my mind--nor will I ever. The message of what can be accomplished by training through affection and joy will thrill all animal lovers." -- Betty White
Ralph Helfer is a well-known Hollywood animal trainer who was one of the first to use affection and kindness to train wild animals. He is the author of The Beauty of the Beasts, and he lives in Los Angeles and Kenya, where he leads safari tours.