Nun’s 100th birthday wish to meet an elephant comes true

2014-10-31 00:00

FULFILLING her 100th birthday wish, after 81 years spent in South Africa, an excited Sister Cosma Graf met an elephant for the first time yesterday.

Interviewed by The Witness on her 100th birthday last week, the diminutive Sister Cosma said her fervent birthday wish was to see an elephant.

The Witness joined up with Lion Park owner Brian Boswell to make the centenarian’s wish come true. She was picked up at her home at Villa Assumpta and driven to the Lion Park by Boswell, where her lifelong dream was realised.

While driving down a dirt road, the car jolted to a halt as Sister Cosma sat wide-eyed, along with her two friends and fellow nuns, Sister Alexandra and Sister Natalie, as a group of elephants thudded on to the road ahead.

Lola the elephant, just as keen to see Sister Cosma as Sister Cosma was to see Lola, attempted a handshake with the awe-struck nun, waving her trunk through Sister Cosma’s window. Sister Cosma was speechless as the gigantic creatures gathered a mere three metres away from the car to stop for a snack.

With a huge smile on her face, Sister Cosma looked on as the elephants ate and trumpeted in delight at the sight of their food.

Boswell said he would have loved to have Sister Cosma feed one of the elephants, but was worried that the size of the creatures standing next to her wheelchair might have overwhelmed the small nun.

Boswell said he had instead organised for Sister Cosma to meet two fluffy lion cubs who were just two weeks old.

As the car bounced along the dirt road to meet the lion cubs, Sister Cosma sat quietly, a huge smile on her face.

The cat-sized lion cub was placed in Sister Cosma’s lap, and she immediately held the dopey-eyed cub up to her face to give him a kiss.

“I want to take him home with me. You stay with me,” said Sister Cosma to the cub in her arms.

Sister Alexandra and Sister Natalie stood around Sister Cosma clicking away with their cameras as Sister Cosma cuddled with the furry creature.

“I am very happy at how she responded today. She definitely took it all in,” said Alexandra, while holding the other lion cub.

Boswell said he was delighted to have been able to help grant Sister Cosma’s birthday wish.

Sisters Alexandra and Natalie thanked Boswell and The Witness for making Sister Cosma’s wish of 81 years come true.

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