France's giant mechanical elephant roars back to life after lockdown

The elephant, one of the attractions at Machines of the Island of Nantes, an artistic, tourism and cultural project, normally takes 50 passengers, as it tours a former naval dockyard.

Due to social distancing, no one is yet allowed to climb on board as the machine went through its slow-motion paces, spraying children with water from its trunk.

Standing 12 meters high, as tall as a four-storey house, and 21 meters long, the elephant's hydraulic mechanism is controlled by human operators and boasts a terrace and an indoor lounge.

Enjoying sunny weather on the first weekend after lockdown measures were eased on May 11, adults and children came out on their bicycles and ate ice cream, while the elephant swayed above them.