INTRODUCTION: According to the hoary joke, when an elephant turns up in a bar, delirium tremens and wholesale pledges of sobriety cannot be far behind.
CU Circus elephant Chita along road. (3 SHOTS)
TV Keeper with elephant along road.
SV Chita arriving at bar and sign on door. (2 SHOTS)
SV Elephant entering bar door.
CU Chita's eye and people drinking at bar PAN TO woman giving elephant drink. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN FROM Sign above entrance TO bar TO elephant being led out and sitting down outside entrance ZOOM IN TO man writing on sign TO elephant sitting down.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: According to the hoary joke, when an elephant turns up in a bar, delirium tremens and wholesale pledges of sobriety cannot be far behind. But when an elephant named Chita appeared recently in a bar in the French city of Metz, the drinkers rejoiced.. and so did Chita.
Chita heading down to the Atlantic Bar in Metz from a circus. He weighs a ton, and is regulation grey, and not pink and transparent like elephants in old soaks' tales. A regular drinker at the Atlantic had borrowed him to test the owner's claim they admitted any animal to his bar. The owner had said this after the regular testify complained that dogs were allowed to come inside.
When Chita arrived, the regulars had prepared their witty lines about his swigging jungle juice, and so on. And the proprietor was determined to stack to his word.
Chita showed his drinking manners were impeccable, though, if they hadn't been so, the proprietor would have faced a grave problem in trying to throw him out on his ear. He was duly treated to his favourite drink -- orange juice -- and he swigged it down without spilling a drop. His measure was an impressive two litres, which is just about enough to clear the dust from an elephant's throat.
The bar owner's honour and the determination of Chita's host having been satisfied, the refreshed pachyderm was on his way. He had definitely done wonders to the ambience of the bar, but there was no talk of making him a regular customer. A teetotaller in a land of confirmed wine drinkers is, after all, something of an oddity. And it was an expensive gesture for the man who'd invited Chita. The two litres of fresh juice cost about 11 dollars (GBP5)