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A procession, featuring the wedding couple atop an elephant, was headed for the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa on Oct. 18. (Credit: Ellen Ericksen and Jill Mulato)

Huntington Beach officials say they were unaware that an elephant was brought into the city for use in a wedding ceremony, despite an ordinance banning performances by exotic animals.

The large pachyderm was seen Oct. 18 on Twin Dolphin Drive during a wedding at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa.

City spokeswoman Julie Toledo said the Community Services Department was not aware that the elephant would be at the wedding and no city permit was issued.

Paul Devitt, general manager of the Hyatt Regency, said he also was unaware that the animal would be there, though he said the hotel’s catering team was notified.

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