Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

Schoolchild helps wash an elephant at Kinoshita Circus

On January 12, schoolgirl Nagi Oshiro looks after an elephant at the Kinoshita Circus at Toyosaki in Tomigusuku.

January 13, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 12, a special “Take Care of an Elephant” event was held at the Kinoshita Circus venue at Toyosaki in Tomigusuku. Nagi Oshiro, a third-grade pupil of Takara Elementary School, enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunity, washing down an elephant and helping to clean out its enclosure.

“The elephant was bigger than I thought, but it’s really cute,” she said.

Her job started from 7:30am, so she got up early to get ready to help look after the elephants. Nagi likes animals and dreams of becoming a vet in future. Standing on its front legs as the elephant sat down, she brushed its head and trunk clean with water and a hose. The animal raised its trunk high into the air as though totally satisfied with proceedings. Not concerned about the large amount of droppings, she said, “That doesn’t worry me at all. It doesn’t smell as bad as my three year-old sister’s.” The trainers smiled as they watched her get stuck into her work.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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