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Last Updated: Monday, 9 February, 2004, 08:56 GMT
Elephant gift upsets charity
A man who wants to give Skegness an elephant is being urged to withdraw his offer by an animal welfare charity.

Dr Rao Kodali, who runs a nursing home in the town, believes his "thank-you" gift could be a tourist attraction.

But the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) says it wants him to provide a more appropriate present.

Skegness Town Council says the elephant's welfare would be paramount in deciding whether or not to accept the gift.

CAPS opposes the keeping of wildlife in captivity and believes elephants in particular suffer when confined or used for public entertainment.

The group also says the creatures can be dangerous and have been responsible for deaths and injuries all over the world, although it says it understands Dr Rao made his offer in good faith.

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