The circus is in town, and yesterday they had the annual Pachyderm Parade where the elephants arrived by train and walked the rest of the way into the city. There were five of them, walking a lot faster than I was expecting, with each elephant's trunk clutching the tail of the elephant in front of them. I had mixed feelings about watching the animals because on the one hand I felt sad for them - they should be free to roam where they wish (or at least safe in zoos not performing for an audience). But they were so cute, and so amazing, that it was a privilege to be able to see them up close. I really hope they're happy and well taken care of.
More information on elephants, as well as resources, opportunities for volunteerism, activism, and donations can be found at Defenders of Wildlife.