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Myrtle The Pink Elephant Leaves Big Impression

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -

It's easy to wish someone "happy birthday." You can send a text or a message on Facebook. While that's not as personal, recipients don't often complain.

But what if a big, pink elephant showed up at your house or work?

"It was a bit of a surprise. I drove in this morning and had to do a double-take just to make sure I wasn't seeing things," said Robby Hayes.

Myrtle the Pink Elephant was standing outside RJ Rockers in Spartanburg Thursday, ready and waiting to help Robby Hayes celebrate his 34th birthday.

Myrtle has been almost everywhere—south and north, east and west.

"We're careful we put it," says Myrtle's owner Ray Fletcher. "She is about 13-feet high and about 25-feet long."

Myrtle who is actually the size of a real elephant lives with Fletcher.

He found her in Atlanta, Georgia more than a decade ago. Fletcher says it was love at first sight.

"It has just been a lot of fun," Fletcher said.

He purchased the giant statue to bring attention to his business, and then started renting it out.

Fletcher says local restaurants and shops, even churches and schools have embraced her.

"She is definitely special. You either love her or hate her," said Kristina Forrester.

What you can't do is ignore her. The 2,000 pound beauty is just as much in-demand, as she was before social media took over.

Fletcher says a lot of people want her to mark special occasions.

"I think most people are kind of embarrassed when they get it in their front yard," Fletcher adds.

From birthday announcements to wedding proposals, Myrtle has been there, done that.

What can you say? An elephant never forgets.

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