The elephant showed up one morning with three or four orange-clad sadhus in tow. They wanted money for their piety. I said I wasn't that pious, but I did offer to give the elephant a pomegranate. Which pleased all of us. Here he is saying thank-you.

He seemed like a really nice elephant and he took the fruit very gently from my hand.

It's illegal to take your elephant out begging this way, especially in the city, but every now and again one shows up.

The owners here seemed quite fond of him, no prodding and screaming, which was a relief.