Decorated Indian Elephant at Hindu Festival in India - as a sign of respect for God. Hindus believe God pervades in everything as everything was created by God, hence animals are held sacred in India and are most respected with Hindu art, decorations and paintings. Another reason why majority of Hindus/Indians are vegetarians. 80% of India are vegetarians- अहिंसा - non violence, Hinduism.
The Dhole also called the Asiatic wild dog or Indian wild dog, is a species of canid native to South and Southeast Asia. The dholes are classed as endangered by the IUCN, due to ongoing habitat loss, depletion of its prey base, competition from other predators, persecution and possibly diseases from domestic and feral dogs
India's most famous tiger, Machli, dies in Ranthambore aged 19