Saturday, 31 January 2015

Elephant No. 120: A New Elephant from Max

For their age—six—my next-door neighbours Max and Vanh are seriously talented artists. I've featured their art before, but I just saw this new art from Max and asked his parents if I could feature it.

I'm not kidding when I say that it took me months to figure out how to draw an elephant this well. Well done, Max! I look forward to seeing what you do next.

Art by Max
Photo: Samantha

Elephant Lore of the Day
I'm sure the answer to the question on Max's art is "No, this animal does not live in the city." And these days, it doesn't, at least in the West. But in the past, elephants could often be found within city limits in Europe and North America. Attached to circuses and menageries, or even working as movers and wrecking crews, urban elephants were once a far more common sight than they are today.

In Florida, long the winter quarters for many American circuses, there is still a law on the books related to elephants. If a person leaves an elephant tied to a parking meter, and the meter has expired, a parking fine must be paid, just as if the elephant were a car.

An Asian elephant stops a tram on Grays Inn Road, London, for an apple
from the driver,  December 1936.

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