JAPAN: The Charming Elephant

In 1945, most of the wild animals at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo were killed by their keepers who feared they might escape during air raids. Since then, visitors who daily flock to the zoo have had to content themselves with housecats, hogs, a Jersey cow, stuffed lions & tigers. The government has been deluged with children's pleas that real live wild animals, especially elephants, be restored to the Ueno Zoo, but exchange difficulties have made it practically impossible.

Recently, Tokyo moppets made friends with personable young Himansu Neogy, a Calcutta exporter who had taken time off during a business trip to visit...

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