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Flag-waving Elephants join Olympic torch relay

Elephants at the West Midlands Safari Park performed a "trunk salute" for the Olympic torch after it made a stop there on board a steam train.

The Worcestershire Express, from the Severn Valley Railway, stopped at the park in Bewdley on day six of the torch relay.

The two female African elephants, 20-year-old Five and Latabe, 19, also waved a Union Jack to mark the occasion.

The BBC's Phil Makie and Bob Lawrence, head warden at the West Midlands Safari Park, describe the event.

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  • 24 May 2012
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