A Sri Lankan mahout washes a domesticated elephant brought for a Buddhist temple festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. Tamed elephants traditionally have an important role in the island's Buddhist customs and are considered a status symbol.Colorfully decorated elephants are used to carry sacred relics in annual Buddhist processions. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Eranga Jayawardena