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The gigantic creature was saved from a life of misery pulling carts under the searing sun in India, but is currently living out his days at an animal sanctuary with the privilege of having been adopted in honour of the royal couple.

An adoption certificate telling the story of Merry the beast of burden is winging its way to Kensington Palace so the newlyweds can read about their unusual gift from PETA India.

The ornate certificate has a picture of the majestic creature decorated with floral garlands and the touching story of how his life was saved.

The certificate reads: “Merry was found weak and injured in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

“He had probably been forced to toil in the hot sun pulling a heavy cart his entire life.

“He has since been rescued, rehabilitated and retired. His days of hardship are behind him, and he now lives in peace and serenity with his other rescued friends at a sanctuary in Maharashtra.

“Merry is wearing a garland around his neck in honour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials – and he will later eat it!”

Merry’s moniker comes from combining the first letters of Harry and Meghan’s names and has been deemed the perfect gift for the couple who are showing their support for charities by asking well-wishers to make donations instead of sending presents.

PETA say Merry was found alone and suffering from a deep wound on his neck, which was treated and has now completely healed. He has since struck up a friendship with another rescue bullock called Barshya at the Indian sanctuary.

PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a one-ton bull to call their own.

“Rescuing Merry is an ideal wedding present for a couple who want their day celebrated with charitable works and contributions.

“The royal wedding is the perfect time for anyone to spare a thought for and show some love to all our fellow living beings.”

Kensington Palace has been informed about Merry’s adoption but officials say they will not make any statement about the unusual gift.

Instead, the palace says anyone wishing to mark the occasion of the wedding to consider making a donation to seven selected charities.

“The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” said an official.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen. Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.”

The charities are: CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association); Crisis, a national charity for homeless people; Myna Mahila Foundation, a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums; Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved Armed Forces children; StreetGames, which uses sport to change lives across the UK; Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation and campaigning charity, and the Wilderness Foundation UK, which promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature.

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