In what could be one of the oddest titles to grace this blog, Paris Hilton is urging Indian residents to lock up their booze to protect the welfare of elephants. No, really — I thought this was ridiculous too, but alcoholic elephants are actually a problem.
Apparently, 40 elephants came to a remote village in India looking for food last last month and some of them discovered rice wine that farmers ferment and keep in containers in their huts. They’re known to have a taste for it — and frankly, we can’t blame them. However, things got out of hand (as happens) when the animals went crazy, uprooted a utility pole, and six were electrocuted. Now, Paris Hilton is fighting to prevent future wild drunken elephant scenes from occurring. In her own words,
“There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn’t chased them away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago. It is just so sad. The biggest problems are in Assam and Meghalaya. The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous. We need to stop making alcohol available to them.”
Wow. Folks, we can’t make this stuff up — but to each their own in terms of championing a cause. Here’s to Paris, the elephants, and large open containers of alcohol throughout the Indian countryside.
via star pulse