June 5th, 2010 at 10:13 pm
Respectfully Converted to Bio-diesel
A pet elephant that once belonged to Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi and was given as a symbol of peace and friendship to the people of former Yugoslavia has been turned into diesel.
The 42-year-old Indian tusker – called Sony – died two months ago of heart failure and the plan to turn the enourmous corpse into bio diesel was agreed on after a special park task force was set up to work out how best to work out what to do with the body of the prízed symbol of peace and friendship.
A spokesman said: “We wanted to make sure that we treated the remains with respect
, the ivory would have been worth about £200,000 on the open market and we could hardly sell those off. Instead we decided to cut off the tusks – one of which was broken at the tip – on display at the Briujini National Park, Croatia, where he lived his life in a specail enclosure. But we will make sure we beef up security – we wouldn’t want them stolen.”
But the massive tuskers body was not treated with such respect, and shipped to a bio diesel processing plant where the body of the peace symbol was turned into diesel fuel.
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