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Mrs. Kennedy Befriends an Elephant in India

Mar. 14, 1962 - Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy made friends with an elephant today. “She’s so cute,” the President’s wife said after a 10-minute visit with the 600-pound animal. The 11-month-old elephant is named Urvashi, after a mythical dancer in an ancient Hindu court. The animal was taken from the Delhi Zoo to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s garden for the First Lady to see. Later, Mrs. Kennedy went riding and jumping on horseback with mounted bodyguards of the Indian President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. She spent more than half an hour on a mare named Shahzadi (Princess). She commented to Ambassador John Kenneth Galbraith, who was present, that her horse was one of the best she had ever ridden.

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