During a recent trip, the hotel I had stayed in had figurines and sculptures of elephants everywhere. That was not very surprising since the hotel is situated in the land known for elephants. Each of the sculptures and figurines was interesting in its own way.
However, several of them were unusual. They piqued my interest big time. Each piece is unique, vibrant and eye catching. Here, have a look at some of the unusual ones.
When I dug further into these unusual & vibrant depictions of elephants, I came to know that they were part of a world wide initiative called Elephant Parade. This initiative through its open air exhibitions and other activities, brings the attention of the world on the conservation of Asian elephants.
|Mosha image courtesy : Internet|
A father and son duo, Marc Spits and Mike, founded this movement after they came across a 7 month old baby elephant named Mosha in Thailand, at an elephant hospital which constructs prosthetic limbs for elephants.
Mosha had lost one of her legs after stepping on a land mine during logging in Myanmar. Being the first elephant to receive such a limb, she now walks with a prosthetic leg which needs to be replaced every year and she needs to learn afresh to walk with the prosthetic limb, every single time.
Close to home, in India, we have an elephant who has received a prosthetic tusk.
Gladdens the heart to know that the animals are getting medical care on a equal footing as humans, though the problems they are/ were facing are created by humans in the first place..
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For A-Z Challenge 2015