Pink elephant missing from interstate exit will be back, owner says

Pinkie in DeForest needs fixes, new paint
Pink elephant missing from interstate exit will be back, owner says

The unmistakable pink elephant Interstate 39/90 drivers have come to expect at the DeForest exit disappeared last weekend, but officials said he will be back.

Pinkie has been giving visitors and neighbors a reason to get out of the car and smile for decades. He was made famous through T-shirts, key chains and photos.

Drivers could count on seeing him on County Road V off the interstate since the early 1970s, when Don and Audrey Clark are said to have purchased him as way to bring customers into their gas station.

“I think that’s great. I love that people come here to see what we have,” Deforest native Katy Bair said.

However, last weekend Pinkie disappeared. People noticed and many of them walked into the Shell gas station next to where the elephant typically stood to find out why.

The owner, Narinder Singh Mutti, said Pinkie was okay and just needed to be fixed up. His paint was fading and the black-rimmed glasses that used to be sunglasses were broken.

Mutti said so many people were asking about Pinkie, he finally put up a sign on the store window.

The pink elephant should return to its home this weekend, and Mutti said he has no plans of getting rid of him.