Blue Peter and Biddy Baxter, editor of the show in the 1960s and 70s, told Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs: “Lulu was a baby elephant of enormous strength and Smithy, her keeper, was a tiny, rotund gentleman.
“It all went pear-shaped because they gave her water. First of all she urinated, which melted the floor paint and made it like an ice rink, and on top of that she defecated, and Smithy was so upset.”
The elephant then dragged her handler through her mess, described as the coup de grace by Ms Baxter, 80.
The Blue Peter Presenters are John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves