The Making of Sharpe's Peril

Last Update: 19 Oct 2008

 

My ability from past experience to work with animals has been previously noted on Sharpe. Taking precautions about rabies I had already worked with elephants and camels in India and had absolutely no fear of them - despite regular abuse from their mahouts I continued to enjoy a close relationship with them, feeding them with treats almost every day they were on-set. The result was various 'tricks' we both did together and noted by passing journalists. The elephant seen here is 'Nellie', a firm friend of the author (seen here) and the female of the pair used on Sharpe's Peril ; but the male elephant did have what was described as 'off-days' when he was singularly bad-tempered' and on one occasion did seem to prefer to eat the author rather than the banana on offer …

 

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