Khanysia did not see the trap set by a poacher in South Africa's Kruger National Park. She dove head first into the sharp wire snare, which cut her mouth, face and underneath her ear and chin.
It was days before the four-month-old albino elephant was found badly dehydrated but alive, and taken to the Hoedspruit Elephant Rehabilitation and Development center, three hours away.
One month later, Khanysia, named after the Tsonga word for light, weighs a healthy 150 kilograms (330 pounds), is adding 500 grams (1 pound) every day and spends her time playing with caretakers.
"She is a little albino elephant, so it is a bit different than your normal elephant just in caring, especially when the sun is kind of severe," said Adine Roode, founder of the center, in the heart of Kapama game reserve. "Due to the animal human conflict, we are sitting with orphans. Because of the decreasing land and habitat, we will see an increase, in the future, of elephant orphans."
It is not known how Khanysia was separated from her mother and herd, said Roode.
For the past 22 years, the center has looked after orphaned elephants, and now has 17 pachyderms on site, she said. The young elephants are eventually released to the private game reserve, she said.
Khanysia is separated from the rest of the herd for the time being. At night she stays in a heated room and in the daytime she goes outside to a large enclosure with tall grass and a mud pool. Under 24-hour supervision, the blue-eyed, pink-skinned toddler seems to be in a non-stop play mood, craving attention and only stopping now and then to scratch her itchy scars on the wood pillars surrounding her pen.
After two hours of cavorting with Khanysia, causing the little elephant to trumpet repeatedly, Roode leaves her in the care of Liverson Sande, the center's senior carer.
Outside, the 17 other elephants line up for a walk. "It's so easy to get too attached," says Roode. "It is difficult to let go."
Pahela Falgun usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day as Bangla Academy revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar and cultural attractions like the ongoing Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) - 2020 draws a large number of visitors, as a result.
As both the festivities coincided on Friday, the weekly holiday, people from all over the city joined the summit to explore the artistic extravaganza.
“We are regularly welcoming a huge number of art-enthusiasts and admirers in our DAS-2020, however it has been very exceptional today. People from all ages and classes have been visiting the summit since early morning, enjoying both the festivities and the holiday altogether”- Prema, one of the Art Mediators in this year’s summit, spoke about the massive attendance.
Due to the huge crowd presence on the road towards Ramna Park and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy where the Summit is taking place, vehicles stood for hours in traffic jam and the summit-goers even had to walk a long distance to join the summit.
The art-lovers, however, did not face discomfort they suffered on the road, over celebrating the occasion with their beloved.
To enthrall the visitors, the summit authority offers a number of options for recreation- including regular cultural shows on every evening at BSA ground, a manual whirligig ride for kids and adults and a huge food court containing branded stalls.
“The traffic on the road is terrific, but after entering the summit and exploring all the extravagant festivities here, now it feels like we have successfully utilised our first Falgun and Valentine’s Day after our marriage” - Prottoy and Dola, a newlywed couple expressed their joy after visiting the summit.
Both Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day had been full of colours and jovially festive in the capital for years- and the extravaganza of the art biennale called DAS leveled up the celebration in 2020, engaging people from all ages.
The 5th edition of Dhaka Art Summit concludes on Saturday, February 15.
Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka wore a festive look with the participation of youths, couples, cultural activists, and children on Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring, and the Valentine’s Day on Friday.
Jatiya Bashanta Utsab Udjapon Parishad organised a cultural programme at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty. Cultural activists, students and people from all walks of life attended the function.
The colour and spirit of Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day also touched the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. People donning colourful dresses thronged the fair grounds.
A young man is putting a flower bracelet on his lover. Photo: UNB
A man comes out in the city with his wife and son on a motorcycle to celebrate Pahela Falgun. Photo: UNB
A girl a wearing black scarf puts on a flower crown and visits Suhrawardy Udyan area. Photo: UNB
A young man is clipping a flower on his girlfriend’s hair bun. Photo: UNB
Colours of Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day celebration also touched the Amar Ekushey Book Fair. Photo: UNB
People sit in front of the stage at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty in Dhaka University where Jatiya Bashanta Utshab Udjapon Parishad organised a cultural programme to celebrate Pahela Falgun. Photo: UNB
Artists performing dance at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University on Pahela Falgun. Photo: UNB
A group of artists are seen performing dance at Bakultala. Photo: UNB
A group of artistes are performing dance at Bakultala. Photo: UNB
Members of a family are enjoying cultural programme at Bakultala. Photo: UNB
Artistes pose with flowers before their performance at Bakultala. Photo: UNB
Artistes pose for picture at Bakultala of the Fine Arts Faculty. Photo: UNB
Tourists thronged ‘Shimul Bagan’ in Tahirpur upazila to celebrate Pahela Falgun (first day of spring) and Valentine’s Day on Friday.
‘Shimul Bagan’, a garden of Shimul tree (scientific name Bombax ceiba), wore a festive look with the presence of hundreds of tourists in the area.
Joynal Abedin, a tree love, planted about 3,000 Shimul trees on 2,400 acres of land in 2003 beside Jadukata River.
Youths in red and yellow attires celebrated Pahela Falgun, and the Valentine’s Day on the same day as Bangla Academy has revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar.
Pahela Falgun usually falls on February 13 but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day.
Streets in Dhaka and other big cities have taken a festive look with youths clad in red and yellow attires have started joining the celebrations of Pahela Falgun, the first day of Spring, and the Valentine’s Day.
Pahela Falgun usually falls on February but this year it coincided with Valentine’s Day as Bangla Academy has revised Bangla Calendar to match it with the Gregorian calendar.
Falgun is the eleventh month in the Bengali calendar and the first month of the season, Spring, the king of all the six seasons that brings backwarm sunshine, budding flowers and dancing of birds.
Keeping pace with the rest of the world, Bangladeshis also celebrate the Valentine’s Day with their beloved ones.
However, florists are not happy with the move of Bangla Academy as celebrations of Valentine’s Day and Pahela Falgun on the same day is cutting their profits.
Clad in red and yellow attires and flowers in hands, hundreds of young boys and girls are thronging Bakultola of Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University , the centre of celebration of Bashanta Utshob, to welcome through singing, reciting poems and dance.
The youngsters are also gathering at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC), Arts Faculty, Curzon Hall, University Mall (Mall Chattar) wearing dazzling dresses to express love to each other exchanging flowers and gifts.
There are various arrangements in the capital to welcome the spring. Different socio-cultural organisations will hold various programmes, including music festivals, on the Dhaka University campus throughout the day.
Marking the Valentine’s Day, various restaurants in big cities of the country have arranged special offers. Different giftshops are also trying to boost their businesses on the occasion with varied range of gift items.
Both shopping malls and online business pages offered special gifts or matching clothes for their loved ones, while flower markets are busy stocking redroses for the day.
Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an ancient Roman tradition which has been celebrated in European countries for ages.
These days it is widely celebrated in Asia, including Bangladesh,thanks to its fast globalization.