Our local Lassetter pops in for a visit to Talalla Retreat to attend a wedding ceremony.
Although technically this Elephas maximus maximus can weight up to 5500kg, she walks with grace through our grounds, stopping now and again for a nibble. Lassetter lives at the Dondra temple, the celebrity of the local Perahera parade.
An important cultural symbiosis has continued to exist between the elephant and humans for over two thousand years – no religious procession is complete without its retinue of elephants, and many large Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka still have their own elephants.
Lassetter has walked here and arrives parched. She guzzles gallons of water from the hose, and sprays it over herself ahhh…..
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