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Temple Elephant Gobbles up Rs 7,000 in Cash - No Credit Please
Richie Lasrado

June 19, 2005

Call this jumbo trouble?

The humans' insatiable hunger for money has been known for ages. Now the lure of the lucre seems to have hit the Animal Kingdom as well. If what our man in Kinnigoly was an eyewitness to on Friday, June 17 is to be believed, looks like it's time for us to reconcile ourselves to some new situations. Or could it be that man's domineering influence on other living beings is so much that the latter have to keep changing their tastes?

On Friday, a woman from Katipalla-Soorinje on the outskirts of the city was on a visit to the well-known Kateel temple. As is devotees' wont, she too walked to the elephant's stable and paid her respects to the pachyderm and fed it with a banana, with which it seemed to have been mighty impressed. It 'blessed' the devotee by placing its trunk on her head.

Then it was only Yeh Dil Maangey More and Yeh Bhookh Hai Badhi

Daijiworld exclusive caricature by Harini

Looking for more, it could only spot a packet in the woman's hand and simply went bananas over it. Grabbing it with the help of its
trunk...swoosh and swill... it downloaded it straightaway into its wide and waiting, gaping mouth.

But it did so without realizing what the contents were. And before the woman could realize what was happening. It was a ruder shock to her because the packet did not contain any food material, but Rs 7,000 in hard currency ! It also contained some small change in metal form as well as a keybunch.

What was the immediate recourse the woman was left with? There was no way that the packet could be retrieved and pulled out. The news is around that the possible arrival of the cash amount at the other 'end' - after going 'through the proper channel' - was awaited patiently. But the worst part was that though money is called 'hard cash' it happened to be the only soft part of the contents of the packet. The key-bunch and the coins are said to have been safely downloaded by the animal after having processed through an elephantine alimentary course.

But, alas, no sign of currency notes, obviously gracefully and gratefully assimilated and digested by the jumbo. The point was proved that it was not allergic towards greenbacks as a form of food, since it was always used to eating green grass and leaves.

Animals too like cash and won't like to take any credit for it.

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