Imagine a four-legged beast with no knee joints that cannot lie down and has to sleep leaning against a tree. An animal with a long, skinny trumpet for a nose. A creature large enough that one can build small castles on its back. It lives for 300 years and is afraid of mice. Its mortal enemy is the dragon. It must “travel to the East, near Paradise, where the mandrake grows” when it comes time to mate. Now draw this thing. Continue reading »
Winters get chilly in Northern India, so volunteers at the the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center decided to knit giant sweaters for its rescued elephants. It takes around 4 weeks to make one sweater, and it does not come as a surprise knowing that elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet. Still, the volunteers make sure that the knits are not only warm and cozy, they are also colorful , and even fashionable. Continue reading »
A decorated elephant, escorted by two others, carries a casket during the annual Buddhist festival of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of thousands of Buddhists throng the hill-capital every year to venerate Buddha’s tooth relic which is taken on a parade on decorated elephants as traditional dancers and drummers perform. The event, which dates back centuries, is considered Sri Lanka’s most prominent religious and cultural ceremony. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.