The Mighty Elephant
Almost all of us have seen an elephant, either in a jungle or in a zoo. The elephant is normally grey in colour with thick pillar-like legs, large flapping ears, small intelligent eyes, a short tail and an enormous trunk with ivory tusks. Although the trunk is his nose, it serves as his hands with which he picks up things, drinks water and even gives himself a bath.
He is normally found in the thick deep jungle with the rest of his herd. It is commonly said that “an elephant never forgets” and his memory is something great to be admired. Elephants are trained to carry logs, perform in circuses and are used for hunting.
In the past, elephants used to be the pride of a wedding. Maharajas used to sit upon them and survey their lands. They were an essential part of all state processions. During battles, elephants used to lead the armies and there are many stories about their loyalty and courage. Elephants have often laid down their lives to save their masters.
Nowadays children ride them in zoos, and though we feel sad that this mighty animal is chained and confined, we all admire him, for he is full of strength.
His ivory tusks are often used for making ornaments, such as necklaces, bangles and earrings. Ivory curios are also made, especially in Agra where miniature Taj Mahal made of ivory are sold. The Government has strictly banned the killing of elephants for their ivory tusks. Each one of us should do our bit in protecting these mighty creatures or the next generation probably might see the elephants in a museum.