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Caleb owns an elephant

Caleb wished for an elephant

“ .... the companionship of an animal pal can give hope and encouragement to a seven-year-old dealing with a critical illness ”

Some people say less is more, but not for seven-year-old Caleb. That’s why he made a jumbo-sized wish to be the honorary owner of an elephant.

Caleb, diagnosed with leukemia, always wanted a pachyderm pal. Since eleCaleb wished for an elephantphants are less-than-ideal house pets, the best way for him to get his wish was to adopt an elephant. But Make-A-Wish volunteers know the companionship of an animal pal can give hope and encouragement to a seven-year-old dealing with a critical illness, so they do everything they can to grant this wish.

The Make-A-Wish Oklahoma team finds an Asian elephant and arrange for Caleb to be it honorary owner.

The boy and his elephant bond quickly over Caleb’s offerings of strawberries and donuts. The two then get ready for a party to celebrate their friendship.

Caleb introduces the elephant to his guests during a fun-filled wish party, complete with clowns, pony rides and tasty barbecue.

Caleb wished for an elephantThe elephant adds his own bit of fun, showing off his sports and musical talents. He swats a soccer ball around and plays the harmonica with his trunk.

As honorary owner, Caleb can visit the elephant at the sanctuary whenever he wants. Caleb eagerly plans to bring more strawberries and donuts, plus some peanuts to feast on.

“I think we have created a monster,” Caleb’s mom, Shanna says in a letter to Make-A-Wish after the wish. She says the experience was everything Caleb anticipated.

The wish team did a terrific and spectacular job with a difficult wish ... We would not change anything. ”

— Caleb's mom

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Caleb! You are awesome! You wished to own an elephant!!! Well, I would also have to agree that the elephant is simply the coolest animal ever. We should be in an elephant enthusiasts club. Keep on fighting, you will be in my prayers!

April 02, 2007 - 9:38 AM


This is quite possibly the cutest little boy I've seen, and seemingly one of the happiest!!

January 22, 2008 - 9:09 PM


That is one lucky elephant!

August 19, 2008 - 4:19 PM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM


Caleb! An elephant, Wow! i've always wanted an elephant! I would've wished for an elephant myself. Thats a Great Wish! I'm sure your elephant is a very happy fellow! I send all of my love! Keep fighting!

December 19, 2012 - 10:15 AM


That is one lucky elephant! Great Wish! Our son met the Steelers for his and had a blast too! I hope every day is a great day Caleb!

February 05, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Benny F.

Another amazing wish. The magic of Make-A-Wish never ceases to amaze me!

February 05, 2014 - 8:28 AM


I'm so jealous Caleb, I wish I had an elephant.
You made a good choice, I know how hard it can be trying to decide what to wish for. Good Job !

February 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

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