Hair-raising elephant plan scrapped

Posted on April 29, 2007 

Hair-raising elephant plan scrapped

A plan to use human hair to lift an elephant off the ground in Taiwan has been cancelled following animal rights protests.

The National Science and Technology Museum and Wan-Pi World spent nearly £4,000 on braiding 1.6 million human hairs into a rope capable of lifting eight tonnes.

It was to be used to lift an Asian elephant, from a local zoo, and a platform on which it would stand, reports The China Post.

But following complaints from animal rights activists, they decided to use rocks and timber of an equal weight instead.

Wang Chun-fa, director of the museum, said the experiment, at an amusement park in Tainan County, was “very creative”.

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