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Elephants in the Room

Animal Planet - 9pm

Who's in it?

They say an elephant never forgets. Well, filmmaker Nathan Pilcher certainly succeeded in returning the favour, giving us an unforgettable portrait of the pachyderms.

In a nutshell

If we had to compile a list of the most charming moments in a documentary shown this year – not necessarily the most educational or inspiring or rocking the most majestic cinematography, but simply the most charming- then the sight of a family of elephants gently padding into the lobby of a hotel has to come somewhere near the top. It was certainly the most miraculous moment of this documentary about the big, leathery lovelies of Zambia.

Adding to the sheer charm of it all, the leader of the group was dubbed "Wonky Tusk". Not sure what she'd make of that if she was aware, but never mind – she had other business on her mind, namely heading over to eat the fruit of a mango tree on the hotel grounds. The most amazing thing was their delicacy – these huge animals can be pretty violent in the wild, yet, as captured by Nathan Pilcher's cameras, they navigated most nimbly over staircases and past furniture. There's something that would certainly liven up a stay at a Travelodge.

What's the verdict?

Elephants already have a place in most of our hearts, but this film about the lives of Wonky Tusk and her family was simply joyous to watch. And to reclaim the old cliché, she was one elephant in the room nobody could ignore.

4/5

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07-07-2011