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Pat Derby (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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October 01, 2016

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October 01, 2016

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February 19, 2013
Oh, Pat...We met at a Hollywood party, somewhere around 1970. There were a fair number of big names swirling around - and then there was this redhaired person in a gorgeous green dress, holding what I recognized as a coyote cub in her arms. I've always been fascinated by coyotes, and I promptly started over to talk to her. Before I reached her, the coyote wriggled and peed down the front of that beautiful dress. Pat never turned a hair, and I loved her from that moment. She had to leave early that night, because she was working on a future episode of "Lassie" that would center on a deer and a coyote who were best friends, so Pat was already raising them that way, for a show almost a year away. If it wasn't fun for the animals themselves, there was no way Pat would do it. There will be deep and massive grieving among your beloved elephants, dear Pat, and among those tigers who rubbed against you like housecats. You really were Dr. Dolittle.

Peter S. Beagle
February 19, 2013
Pat really did a wonderful work. My heart goes out to you all at this time of deep sorrow. May the peace of God help you all to cope with your loss.
February 19, 2013
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February 19, 2013
The world has lost a true elephant hero. Her spirit will be ever present with all those, human and animal, who love her. Her light will shine through the darkness in the days and weeks ahead. I hope the elephants had a chance to say goodbye. They will surely feel the void. Prayers of peace and grace to all.
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