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An elephant orphanage hits upon a simple solution to a messy problem Pachyderms in a playful mood at Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. PINNAWELA (Sri Lanka): For keepers and mahouts alike, it was always a messy problem that defied solution. We are talking about the roughly 180 kg of waste an adult pachyderm generates a day. And imagine the pile if it were from a herd of 60 staying and sauntering about in one place. That is simply a problem of elephantine proportions at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage here in Sri Lanka, especially for the poor keepers.

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