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Photos Show India's Elephants as Both Spiritual Creatures and Indentured Servants

Annette Bonnier | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Annette Bonnier

There is an unusual dichotomy in the role of the elephant in Indian society. The animal is seen both as an enlightened, spiritual being and a beast of burden. Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, is venerated as one of the highest deities in the Hindu religion. Many temples in southern India house an elephant for worshippers to visit. But elephants are also chained and used for logging and tourism.

Villagers Pitch In To Save Baby Elephant

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green

A baby elephant was rescued from a muddy pit last week thanks to the hard work of residents of southern India's Kerala state. The young animal was ...

When I Heard About the Plight of Raju the Elephant, I Was Moved to Write This Song

Lucius Lowe | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Lucius Lowe

When I heard the story of Raju the elephant and his rescue, I was very moved. Here was one of Nature's most noble and majestic creatures displaying an almost exclusively human trait -- an emotional response in the form of crying tears!

Will Raju's Freedom Last?

Nikki Sharp | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Nikki Sharp

Raju had lived for almost 50 years in spiked chains. His life consisted of being dressed in costumes and painted in chalk in a klutzy attempt to make him look cherished and worshipped.