An unusual orphanage, set in 60 acres (24 hectares) of parkland in Sri Lanka, was officially opened last week -- for elephants only.
LV AND SCU Attendants bathing young elephants in river (3 shots)
SV AND CU Director of orphanage looks on (2 shots)
CU Elephants being washed (4 shots)
SV Elephants leave water
LV Elephants through forest
SV Foliage brought to elephants
CU Elephant eating foliage
SV Director breathes into trunk of elephant
SV AND CU Injured elephant being fed from bottle with coconut milk (3 shots)
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Background: An unusual orphanage, set in 60 acres (24 hectares) of parkland in Sri Lanka, was officially opened last week -- for elephants only.
The babies -- ranging from two to 11 months -- will be trained to perform and it is hoped the orphanage will develop into a tourist attraction although the main purpose is to save the island's elephant population -- estimated at 1,500 -- from extinction.
The young elephants' parents were killed by farmers who caught them trampling on rice and rubber crops.
The park -- about 50 miles (80 km) from Colombo -- will be administered by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka and the Department of Wildlife. It is hoped in the future that other sick and wounding animals -- such as deer -- may also be cared for there.