Elephant

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai

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Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai.

A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province

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An elephant sprays water on a tourist during the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand’s Ayutthaya province, on Wednesday

A rarely spotted single-tusk elephant, also called as Ganesh Elephant, at the Kaziranga National Park about 250km away from Guwahati city, India.

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A rarely spotted single-tusk elephant, also known as a Ganesh Elephant, eats flowers at the Kaziranga national park in Assam, India.

Indian children play next to an elephant statue at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits or IndiaĆ­s low-castes, which was opened to the public Wednesday, in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The park was built during the rule of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government and includes statues of elephants, the political symbol of the BSP, as well as statues of dalit leaders. It was opened despite an investigation by the current government into millions it says were misappropriated during the building of the park.  (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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Indian children play next to an elephant statue at Ambedkar Park, dedicated to dalits or India’s low-castes, which was opened to the public Wednesday, in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India The park was built during the rule of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government and includes statues of elephants, the political symbol of the BSP, as well as statues of dalit leaders. It was opened despite an investigation by the current government into millions it says were misappropriated during the building of the park.

Elephant offspring 'Pina-Nessie' is seen together with other elephants in her enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, 12 August 2013. According to zoo officials, female elephant baby Pina-Nessie was born early 11 August after a European record gestation period of 674 days.

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‘Pina-Nessie’ gets to know the other elephants in her enclosure at the Wuppertal zoo in Germany on Monday. According to officials, the female baby was born early on Sunday after a European record gestation period of 674 days

A decorated elephant is photographed in a street

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A decorated elephant is photographed in a street in Amritsar, India, on Monday. India is home to between 50 and 60 per cent of all of Asia’s wild elephants and about 20 per cent of domesticated elephants. According to media reports, there are more than 3,400 domesticated elephants in India at present.

Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust-bath in the red earth after being fed milk from a bottle by a keeper, as she is too young to do it herself, at an event to mark World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick said at the event, which was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, that they are seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of the poaching crisis occurring across Africa. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Two-month-old orphaned baby elephant Ajabu is given a dust bath by a keeper, at an event to mark World Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday. Trust founder Daphne Sheldrick said they are seeing an upsurge in orphaned elephants because of poaching across Africa.