An elephant nick-named "Prosperity" presented by Cambodian Premier Patting Nol to Admiral John McCain....Commander in?
GV Crate unloaded from aircraft
SV Elephant crate
SV Onlookers & elephant's food (bananas etc)
SV Elephant's trunk through window
GV Crate on lorry (2 shots)
SV Elephant leaves crate at zoo
LV Admiral & Mayor
LV Children watching
CV Elephant with children & admiral patting (3 shots)
Initials SGM/1756 SGM/1748
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Background: An elephant nick-named "Prosperity" presented by Cambodian Premier Patting Nol to Admiral John McCain....Commander in Chief of the U.S. Forces in the Pacific....after being captured from the Vietcong in the Cambodian jungle, was handed over to Mayor Yorty of Los Angeles on Wednesday (17 November) in a special ceremony at the city zoo. The elephant had been given to Admiral McCain as a mark of esteem, however he was at a loss to know what to do with it, and eventually settled on having it flown back to the United Stats in a special crate. The Admiral later decided to hand the elephant over to Mayor Yorty who had just the day before announced his candidacy for Presidential nomination. The handover ceremony at Los Angeles Zoo was attended by hundreds of school-children who'd been given the morning off.
SYNOPSIS: A special consignment arrived by crate in Los Angeles earlier this week, on board a military transport aircraft. Inside was an elephant which had been captured from the Vietcong in the Cambodian jungle and later presented by Premier Patting Nol to Admiral John McCain... Commander in Chief of the U.S. Forces in the Pacific. The admiral was uncertain what to do with the elephant.
The Los Angeles zoo was reluctant to take the rouge bull-elephant until Mayor Yorty decided to accept it on behalf of the children of the city. To mark the occasion local school-children were given the morning off to see the elephant.
Mayor Yorty found himself making the headlines for the second day running. The day before he had announced his candidacy for the 1972 Presidential nomination. The elephant, which had been nick-named "Prosperity" by its Cambodian captors seemed to enjoy the attention it received.....while for the admiral, it was a large problem solved.