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In pictures: The Sultan's Elephant

Girl and elephant in Piccadilly Circus, pic by Errol Russell

The story of the Sultan's Elephant starring two giant puppets is told against the backdrop of famous London landmarks.

Elephant

Wet weather fails to deter crowds who flock to The Mall, for a second soaking - this time from the elephant.

Girl and elephant in Piccadilly Circus, pic by Errol Russell

Spectators are captivated by the life-like movements as the girl blinks and the elephant's ears flap.

Puppet girl with children

Lucky children in the crowd are hoisted onto the girl's wrists to join her in a tour of the city.

Elephant operators

The event is the brainchild of one of France's leading street arts company, Royal de Luxe.

Elephant showers girl

The giant puppet girl completes her morning ablutions, including a shower from the elephant, as hundreds look on.

Elephant operators

Operators have fun spraying spectators with water from the elephant's trunk.

Boy sits on puppet girl

One youngster gets an unusual view of London - from the arm of the 5m (16ft) tall puppet girl.




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