Villagers are seeing green elephants!
IT IS not often that a herd of elephants descends on a peaceful village, but that is exactly what happened on Tuesday.
The 11 life-size sculptures made from recyclable materials stayed temporarily at the Appledore home of Jacqui Elwes after they ended their tour to promote the dangers faced by Asian elephants.
The animals have visited royal parks and Selfridges before leaving the Brighton Pavilion for Mrs Elwes’ home – a journey organised by the charity, Elephant Family.
Mrs Elwes, a supporter of the charity, said: “It is so exciting having them.
“I hadn’t quite envisaged them being so amazing – they stopped traffic!”
The elephants, having been bought, will soon go on to their new owners. Mary Powys of the charity said: “There were 13 elephants, but Selfridges bought one and one was too big to fit through the doors so we had to find an emergency home.
“Prince Charles came to the rescue and it is now at Clarence House.”
The Asian elephants’ inability to migrate due to economic development and rising population is causing serious problems.
Ms Powys said: “They are on their way to be becoming extinct.
“Money will go towards buying strategic strips of land which links up forests for them.”
Mary Powys from the Elephant Family charity with one of the elephants
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