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Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka's wealthy elite -- a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. "The new rich wannabes want an elephant at home for prestige," said Asian elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene, recalling an old Sri Lankan aristocratic tradition of keeping herds of the wild beasts.
Nathan Adrian stormed home to win the 100 metre freestyle at the US Olympic swimming trials punching his ticket to Rio where he'll go for a second straight gold. Adrian clocked 47.72sec, improving on the 47.91 he produced in the semi-finals. The 27-year-old Adrian was just one veteran in the spotlight Thursday as superstar Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte lined up a tantalizing 200m individual medley clash with semi-final victories.