HOPE  — A Maine veterinarian wants to bring a circus elephant he worked with decades ago to his home in Hope.

Veterinarian Jim Laurita wants to bring the 42-year-old elephant Rosie to Maine so he can use new techniques to treat the arthritis the animal is suffering from.

Rosie now belongs to the Carson and Barnes Circus of Hugo, Okla.

The Bangor Daily News says that Laurita worked as an elephant trainer with the circus in the 1970s and knows Rosie from then.

The Hope planning board approved Laurita’s plans this week. He still needs a building permit and state and federal licenses to bring Rosie to Maine.