The Elephant & the Cockerel

A little something extra, seen at one of the makeshift elephant stables in Kandy during the Perahera a few years ago.   A dozing elephant – what a drab picture without the busy little cockerel 🙂 Elephant and the Cockerel 1

34 thoughts on “The Elephant & the Cockerel

  1. I know you have a pash on eles – and no wonder ! The cockerel here is truly handsome ! – he looks as if he’s taking care of business, alright. I’m so glad I don’t have to doze standing up …

  2. That cockerel looks like he is just taking a deep breath so he lift his head and belt out a “cock-a-doodle-doo” to wake up the elephant. I guess he doesn’t like it when they fall asleep on their feet.

    • Sri Lankan cockerels always seem very ‘coq ‘a hoop’ – and, as you can see, pretty small, always scratching away – or perhaps that’s because you see them, out and about, in a way we rarely do these days – and certainly in the city we never see roosters any more, they’re considered anti-social with their early morning wake up calls! I suppose they do in
      Sri Lanka too, because when a rooster wakes you before dawn you always say (or think to yourself) “he’s for the pot”! 🙂

    • Yes – a tiny perfect jewel. And wasn’t he having a great time. It seemed strange to see him there, wandering freely in the middle of the city and I wondered whether he was brought along with the elephant to keep her company – you know, like they sometimes put a sheep or a goat in a stable with some horses?

  3. Dear Meredith,
    I LOVE this photo! I love the splash of color, and the perspective with the cockerel in the foreground, making it look big enough to hold its own in a photo with an elephant. I think it would be a great candidate for Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge–for striking and unusual photos that belong in a category of their own.

  4. I stumbled across your blog and found an ‘elephants’ tag – I thought I might be the only one. 🙂 I do so love them. I’ve visited Kandy once, but I couldn’t witness the Perahara. I’ll try to find your festival pictures.

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