Bay Area animal featured in "Star Wars" had a big impact on George Lucas

Lucas felt a deep connection and “fell in love” with Mardji, an elephant who called Redwood City's Marine World Africa USA home (remember that place?!).

That's according to a new MarketWatch report, which includes material turned over by the National Park Service:

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Here's some footage of Mardji in action:

 
 
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