AP-KS–Topeka Zoo-Elephants Topeka Zoo adds 2 new elephants; 1 is a past movie star

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The lead elephant in the 1980s film “Smokey and the Bandit 2” is among two new pachyderms at the Topeka Zoo.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the 58-year-old Asian elephant named Cora arrived Wednesday. She was joined by her longtime companion, Shannon, a 34-year-old African elephant.

Topeka Zoo director Brendan Wiley says the pair quickly took to exploring after being unloaded.

Currently, they reside in a special holding area where they’ll be quarantined...

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