Young elephants embracing.
In Sri Lanka in ancient times the elephant was crown property and harming one was a serious offence. Today there are over 2,000 wild and 300 or so domesticated elephants Sri Lanka.
The elephant is still highly regarded and plays a significant role in Sri Lankan culture. Many of the domestic elephants participate in the Perahera festival in Kandy and it is common to share the roadway to Kandy with an elephant and its mahout making their way to the festival days in advance.