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Girl, 4, on mission to save one of world's largest animals

Posted: Updated: March 14, 2013 12:08 AM

She's an adorable little girl with an even bigger heart who is working to save one of the largest animals in the world.

Four-year-old Aria Pearce, of Beaverton, is on a mission to rescue Asian elephants, and she's hoping to do so one paint stroke at a time.

Like most kids her age, Aria likes to get her hands dirty. She paints just about everything, and like a true artist, she thinks outside of the box.

But there tends to be a common thread in her work.

Aria is obsessed with elephants.

"Look, this elephant's trunk is throwing dirt," Aria Pearce said as she pointed to a picture of an elephant. "This one is standing, and that one is swimming!"

The walls of her apartment are covered in pachyderm paintings. She's got books, earrings and, of course, toys.

But one day, while reading about the loves of her life, Aria discovered that elephants are endangered.

"The thing that I thought was interesting was that instead of getting overwhelmed with the idea of it, she asked me what are we going to do about it," said Aria's mother, Robin Baker.

So, what can you do about a worldwide problem at just four years old?

"Raise money," Aria shouted. "And that's what I'm doing. We're making stuff, elephant stuff."

Aria is now turning her passion for painting into a mission to save the endangered elephants of Asia.

It's a task she takes quite seriously.

"It means I'm ready to do my job. I'm the leader of the elephant savers," Aria said.

With the help of her mom, the two began selling her work online and recruited other artists from as far away as Canada to help out with their online auction.

"It's been amazing, overwhelming really," Baker said. "Lots of people are contacting us, and we still have offers coming in."

And to take it a step further, Aria is now sharing her fifth birthday with the breed.

Art a la Cart in NE Portland is opening its doors to the young leader. In honor of her birthday, owner Aria Chittenden is opening her studio all day Saturday.

50 percent of the proceeds go toward Elephant Family, the nonprofit of Aria's choosing.

"It's adorable that she came up with the whole concept by herself," Chittenden said. "I couldn't help but want to be a part of it."

And at this birthday party, don't bother bringing gifts.

All Aria asks is that you join her team of elephant savers, and she'll be plenty excited.

To visit Aria's online auction, visit Hyenacart.com/stores/TansyDolls

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