Elephant driver? Elephant pilot?
It's difficult to frame a job description for the sort of unique employment that kids dream about, and maybe quite a few adults too - driving the huge beastie known as the Great Elephant of Nantes in western France.
Les Machines de l'Ile
, located at a former shipyard on the banks of the river Loire in the city of Nantes is seeking applicants for the post of driving, or should that be piloting, it's Giant Elephant
This massive mechanical mammal, capable of striding around whilst carrying nearly 50 passengers aboard its galleries and platforms, forms part of Les Machines de l'Ile (the Machines of the Island) one of Nantes' major attractions.
To be eligible for the post of elephant pilot, applicants must be able to speak fluent English (as well as French) and a knowledge of another language would be a bonus.
A pilot's licence won't be enough. Applicants for the post of elephant driver must hold either a heavy goods licence or a public service vehicle licence (poids lourds
or transports en commun
) - a ready-made excuse if you ever happen to visit Les Machines de l'Ile with family:
"Daddy, can I drive the elephant?"
"Sorry son, you can't. You don't have an HGV licence."