Watering the elephants

Circus elephants in the AvonToday as a society we feel pretty strongly about circus elephants. Kiwi kids are less and less likely to have the chance to see a real elephant unless they go to Auckland Zoo or travel abroad.

In 1934 things were a lot different, and I have to admit it made Christchurch seem a pretty colourful place as shown by this picture of Wirth’s circus elephants being watered in the Avon river between the Armagh and Victoria bridges.

6 thoughts on “Watering the elephants

  1. mj 9 November 2010 / 2:25 pm

    That’s awesome – can’t imagine what would happen these days if there were elephants in the Avon!

    • Cloudy5 10 November 2010 / 11:33 am

      they might choke on the debris and pollution, stand on a shopping trolley or get arrested for loitering in a public place

  2. zackids 9 November 2010 / 3:11 pm

    I’ve just got back from Melbourne where I saw some very cute baby elephants at the Melbourne Zoo. There’s nothing cuter than a baby elephant scratching his trunk on a rock!

  3. Rachel 10 November 2010 / 10:55 am

    One of my life goals is to go to Northern India and see the elephants. I remember seeing them at circuses way back. Loved the photo. It looks like something Dali would paint!

  4. El Zorro 18 November 2010 / 3:35 pm

    This is such a riveting photograph! It would have been fun if the Avon was deep enough for them to dive and use their trunks as a snorkel!They love to dive, and I don’t blame them, they must feel so light… Watch this: http://youtu.be/ywXYfLFapLY
    For the record: Baby elephants are cute.

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