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Carrol Cox wrote:
> 
> Is there any evidence elsewhere in Eliot's works that he gave a damn
> what happened to elephants -- ...

Well, in a way ;-)

Noctes Binanianea is a collection of verse passed between a small
group of friends that was privately printed as a keepsake.  Gallup's
note to Noctes Binanianea:
     "The title of this pamphlet memorializes the fact that John Hayward
     resided at this period in London at 22 Bina Gardens, and the group
     of friends met usually at his flat."
A lot of the light-hearted verse is about the Whale, the Elephant, the
Coot and the Spider.  The Coot was Geoffrey Faber, the Spider was John
Hayward, TSE was the Elephant and Eliot's fellow director at Faber,
Frank Morley (another American,) was the Whale. The Possum also appears.

Regards,
    Rick Parker