I grew up around animals, so it was always natural for me to have them around. Actually I never even knew a life without pets could exist. They started off small - fish, hamster, bird and then moved onto bunnies, kittens and dogs. So really it wasn't that unusual the day I came across an elephant and decided to bring him home.
I led him home by his chain and then attached him to a stake in my yard. We got along swimmingly at first - everyone thought it was the coolest thing!