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Zoo officials defend elephant statue after complaints from Christian group

<p>CALGARY - Officials at the Calgary Zoo say an elephant statue modelled after a Hindu god will stay right where it is.</p>

CALGARY - Officials at the Calgary Zoo say an elephant statue modelled after a Hindu god will stay right where it is.

Concerned Christians Canada has sent a letter to zoo officials, asking that the sculpture be removed.

The group says that such religious symbols are inappropriate.

Graham
Newton, a zoo official, says the statue is dedicated to honouring Asian
culture because it's set up near the Asian elephant enclosure.

Newton
says the symbolic elephant statue has a connection with Asian culture,
much like the bald eagle has come to represent the United States.

He says there have only been a handful of complaints, but adds most zoo patrons like the statue.
 
 
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