South Africa has had numerous proverbial "Elephants in the Living Room". They lived for years with a criminal system of racial separation that spread elephantine manure across their economy and reputation as a civilized nation.
A recent denial of HIV as the cause of AIDS by none other than their president might as well been a herd of pachyderms playing grand pianos in the South African parlor.
Now the South African government's protection of the elephant population has made the living room elephant an all true reality.
Babar and his whole clan have moved into South African homes in larger numbers than the American house cat and family dog.
Pachyderm pest control companies are springing up across the confines of Johannesburg, Capetown and Durbin with giant traps, hay bales of poison and armies of elephant gun militias.
South Africa's ivory industry is prospering just as the pachyderm piano boom is experiencing a shortage of players.