#elephantwalk . Elephants have lived with me , metaphorically, since as a wee small child in Kenya I was taken to feed a baby elephant after church.c. early 1960’s. Its mother had been killed by poachers but it died as the rangers didn’t know the correct formula and fed it glucose. Ever since then elephants have been with me and have many in my house. The smallest blue elephant in my elephant walk was picked up on a beach in Kenya last Oct. The beach was completely trashed with plastic . It broke my heart but to see what we have done to our beautiful world. I brought little blue heffalump back to Oz to join my herd. #saveelephants#elephants
Animal encounters have been one of the most mesmerizing and touching experiences during our travels. It’s so fascinating what feelings animals trigger in us - this day was just loaded with pure happiness ❤️ I mean look at them - they are just way too cute 😉
Today was overwhelmingly emotional. Seeing these beautiful animals rescued and given a new lease on life. It was so special to be up close and personal with them, something I will take with me for the rest of my life. @elephantjunglesanctuary are doing a fabulous job at caring for these beauties.
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Seemingly if you don't like animals you're a heartless wench, but I need to live in my truth...I'm not an animal person. I like some dogs (including my future but currently imaginary beagle) most sea creatures (because I never have to be in close proximity to them) bees - when they're in that docile, need sugar water state (#savethebees ) and 2 cats...
But Elephants, they're my people. I've loved them since Elmer...obligatory mentions to Dumbo, babar, snuffleupagus, the heffalumps and Horton of course.
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Last night I saw a post on Instagram of an elephant performing a circus trick where a man was thrown up in the air and landed on the elephants bare back and spine. I commented saying that animal cruelty shouldn’t be promoted as it was a travel account with a 40k + following. When I woke up this morning I couldn’t believe the response from other people saying it’s not cruel, the elephant enjoys it, all animals can be trained, I need to get a grip and don’t know what I’m talking about! I have been educated about how elephants are trained and it is horrendous to the point that they try to kill themselves. Yes they are that intelligent that they will even try suicide to get out of these conditions. ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Although the post isn’t particularly offensive and other people seem to be enjoying it, my problem is that their following will now thing this is good practice and when travelling are more likely to go to an elephant circus and or ride them. I didn’t know the extent of the cruelty a couple of years ago, so I am trying to make others aware too. I have seen elephants in Nepal and Thailand handicapped due to being worked by humans.
My photo is taken Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, and the elephant that I am feeding is unable to do the trek to the jungle to feed so food has to be brought to her. She is also blind in one eye due to the miss treatment of her pervious owners. So when people say I don’t know what I’m talking about, I do, I’ve seen what happens to these beautiful animals and the hard work and dedication it takes to look after them once they have been rescued. I would love to get these kind of posts banned from Instagram.
Elephant Village Sanctuary - bathing time. They use voice commands to control the elephants, unlike the locals in the logging industry who used hooks & sticks. All of these elephants are in there 40's & had many years of mistreatment before coming to the sanctuary. The sanctuary pays the local owners 'rent' to keep them in the village.