We use the elephant as a symbol to promote our country and her tourism. We call it a treasure.
We are proud of the tusker that carries sacred relic caskets in processions.
I am a Buddhist. And to hear that baby elephants were taken away from their mothers to be gifted to two temples makes me really sad and ashamed! I think the order to return these babies to their mothers should have come from the temples themselves after the suffering of the poor creatures became public.
How could you ever forget these words from Karaneeya metta sutta?
"Maatha yathaniyan puttan - ayu sa eka putta manu rakke"
The love and bond between a mother and a child are common to humans and also in the animal kingdom.
I appeal to all those responsible for separating the baby elephants from their mothers to return them to Pinnawala forthwith so that they could reunite.