MARY THE ELEPHANT WALKING INTO HER OWN BATTLE, A DOUBLE TRAPED ANIMAL has become the most expensive item in India.
It is the latest in a series of high-profile cases involving elephant thefts that has seen the country’s tourism industry hit by a spate of thefts of elephants and their bracelets.
In a bizarre twist of fate, the bracelet in question is also one of the world’s most popular elephant-related items.
The ring in question, made of pure gold and silver, has been selling for more than $300,000 a piece on websites such as eBay.
And, according to reports, the ring itself has become a popular item on the black market, selling for up to $2,000 each.
A spokesperson for the Indian government told The Times of India, that there was no law prohibiting the sale of bracelets, but that they were considered a public nuisance and could lead to arrests.
A spokesperson from the Indian Veterinary and Orphan Centre told The Indian Express, that the bracelet was stolen from the animal, and it was sent to the Animal Welfare Board.
In July this year, the police in the southern state of Tamil Nadu arrested a man for the theft of a bracelet worth about $2.5,000.
However, the man has not been charged, and the bracelet has been sent to a third party for forensic examination.