Story of how Belfast Zoo's baby elephant was kept in backyard of home during Second World War Blitz to be made into film

Baby elephant Sheila with Denise Austin at her home on Belfast
Baby elephant Sheila with Denise Austin at her home on Belfast's Whitewell Road

2013-11-04 - Belfast, Ireland , CLAIRE MCNEILLY

The true story of a Northern Ireland woman who kept a baby elephant in her backyard during the Second World War is going to be made in to a £5m film. Denise Weston Austin – better known as the "elephant angel" – rescued the calf from Belfast Zoo and kept it at her home on the Whitewell Road in the north of the city when we were being bombed by the Luftwaffe in the 1941 blitz.

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