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Friday, March 14, 2003 Pope Leo X had a beloved white elephant named Hanno
The remarkable story of pleasure-loving pontiff and pachyderm is told in the book The Pope's Elephant.
When the pope made an appearance, it would genuflect, make loud noises, and even cry…It seems that Hanno would spontaneously kneel down and cry "Bar, bar, bar" upon seeing the pope.*
Hanno had made a less-than-impeccable first impression. On presentation, the elephant followed instructions to kneel at Leo's feet, but spying a stoup of holy water, dipped in her trunk and sprayed the pope and everyone else in range.