Specialist ‘elephant doctors’ have stepped in to patch up members of the herd of Sheffield – after some of the sculptures suffered wear and tear.
One of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity elephants in Devonshire Green received some extra TLC after being scratched and dented.
It is not believed the damage was caused intentionally by vandals but by people climbing on the elephants.
The charity is urging people to look after the herd by making sure they are kept in tip top condition for everyone to enjoy.
The colourful elephants, spread around the city, will be auctioned off to raise vital charity cash for the hospital on Western Bank.
Herd project manager Rebecca Staden said: “Our herd is a project we organised for all to enjoy and to also raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
“We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s feedback and love that people are enjoying the elephants.
“We have had a few poorly elephants over the past few weeks, not from deliberate damage but unfortunately from scratches and dents from climbing.
“We are auctioning them off in October and want to raise as much money for the hospital as possible. They are on the streets for another nine weeks so enjoy. Have fun but please refrain from climbing and help us look after the elephants.
“Sheffield is loving the elephants and the elephants are loving Sheffield.
“Working together to take care of them will help keep them nice and shiny.”
The elephants have been standing proudly in different places in Sheffield for over three weeks happily living in their summer homes.
Technicolour Pachyderms on Devonshire Green, which was designed by artist Rob Lee, is one of those which has been damaged.
Rob was helped by Mick Kay, of Mint Motors, in patching up the sculpture and restoring it to its best.
The herd is set to be auctioned off on Thursday, October 20, to raise as much money for the hospital as possible.
Residents of all ages and visitors to the city have been enjoying the colourful herd.
James Salter, visiting Sheffield from Rutland, said: “I think they’re a credit to Sheffield and are great for tourism – it’s making me want to move here.
“But I’m not surprised children have been climbing on them – they do look amazing and good fun.”
Roy Weaver, 72, from Wales, near Sheffield, said: “My grandchildren absolutely love them – they’re such good fun to look at.
“It’s a shame some of them have had to be patched up. I hope people will think before they climb on them.”