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Autistic boy bonds with Wildlife Safari elephants

Monday, January 25, 2010
Heather Morse
The News-Review

WINSTON— Wylie Malek has liked elephants for as long as he can remember. His father, Kris Malek, said as soon as his son was able to sit up and watch TV he was fascinated with the giant creatures, whether real ones on the Discovery channel or cartoons on Disney.

Wylie, 10, is autistic but has already proven himself to be a hard worker and willing to do the tough jobs — just ask the elephants at Wildlife Safari.

When the Maleks discovered they lived just miles away from three elephant residents of the safari park in Winston, they became regulars, stopping in every couple of months since Wylie was 2 years old.

Eventually, park officials noticed his passion and enthusiasm for the gentle giants and worked up an arrangement that has benefited the boy and his co-workers for the last two years.

“We don't do job shadow


Added: Jan-26-2010 Occurred On: Jan-25-2010
By: gregory_peckory
Tags: autism, elephants, autistic boy,
Location: Winston, Georgia, United States (load item map)
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