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Is Babar an African or Asian elephant?

In the original story L'histoire de Babar: le petit éléphant (translated and published as The Story of Babar), his companion's absence is communicated by a 'vieux marabout' (an old marabous [bird]). ...
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Is Babar an African or Asian elephant?

Inasmuch as Babar is from a specific continent, he's either from Europe or from Africa-as-perceived-by-Europeans-in-the-1920s. Which is not exactly Africa, but definitely not Asia. Babar's adventures ...
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Is Babar an African or Asian elephant?

I submit that Babar is an Asian elephant on the basis of the artwork. Asian elephants differ from African elephants in a few ways, most prominently in the sizes of their ears: Asian elephants have ...
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What inspired Babar's name?

First bébé éléphant (baby elephant), then Babar, presumably as a corruption. So captivated was Jean de Brunhoff by the story his sons related to him that he immediately began to sketch the animal ...
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