Here is a link to watch an elephant give birth, it's a truly amazing thing to see.
Signed petition, June. Thanks so much!
thanks ladies signed your petition June
YES... that really is a landmark decision, June! Now, a vigilant watch for those "loopholes" needs to take place.
Great posts, ladies. Signed petition, Mary.
I love the Mila meeting Mary video. Imagine what she has been through. Watching this shows incredible affection, acceptance, and silent bonding taking place... so easily and lovingly. Shows how important 'touch' is to our animals, including the human kind.
Applaud Historic Decision to Save Elephants
Celebrate landmark decision to outlaw the domestic ivory trade, saving elephants from poachers.
By signing the petition below, you can call for strict enforcement to ensure this landmark regulation does what it should, and applaud our government for protecting vulnerable African elephants, our planet’s largest land animals.
Petition signed Mary. What an awful thing to do to babies.
When Mila met Mary
Elephant who had not met another of her kind for 37 years gently entwines her trunk with new friend in video that will melt even the hardest of hearts
Elephant Anatomy 101
- With their trumpeting trunks, tremendous tusks and enormous ears, they look like mythical beasts. But the elephant’s remarkable anatomy is more than just skin deep.
ELEPHANT PIE- Elephant Dung Paper Products With A Purpose
Creative products made of Elephant Dung Paper, designed to create alternative income sources for locals in Africa linked to keeping ELEPHANTS ALIVE!
While many efforts are underway to reduce the ivory demand, brought on by the increasingly wealthy Chinese middle class, there is still an enormous amount of work that needs to be done to limit the supply. One of the largest contributing factors that need to be addressed is the extreme poverty that exists in many African countries. If people are unable to provide for their families, any job will do, even if that job is poaching. For poachers, elephants are worth way more dead than they are alive.
Our mission at Elephant Pie is to reverse that thinking by providing income opportunities to the locals. We have to make them realize that AN ELEPHANT IS WORTH WAY MORE ALIVE THAN DEAD.
Thank you very much for standing up against elephant poaching
http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=25245&forwarded=true please sign for the elephants
Elephant Photobombs Tourists!
Edmonton City Council: Send Lucy to a Sanctuary
This petition is for Lucy the Elpehant at the Edmonton City Zoo. It asks Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Edmonton City Council to allow a team of medical experts to examine Lucy to determine her true medicial state. Hopefully the results of this examination will finally encourage Edmonton City and Zoo to release Lucy to a sanctuary, where she can live the rest of her days in happiness with a community of elephants.
hello Lynn i signed what a cute video Cheryl how are you sis ?lovely to see you Barb hows things?June the video of the elephants in kenya gives hope and tears so many orphans i was watching Paul o Grady the other night on tv he was at an elephant sanctuary in Zambia they were doing great work there they were releasing them into the wild when they were old enough to be on their own its wonderful that so many are dedicated but so many are after the poor creatures for ivory .Sue i hope you are feeling better today
Thank you Lynn. Adorable Baby Elephant!!!
Vanishing Heritage: Protecting the Elephants of Amboseli
In 2010, IFAW launched a new initiative to protect elephants in Kenya's Amboseli National Park called the Amboseli Elephant Project. The Amboseli Elephant Project focuses on three elements critical to the survival of the Amboseli ecosystem and the elephants that depend on it for survival: 1) Law Enforcement 2) Scientific Research and 3) Community Outreach. The video features interviews with IFAW Regional Director East Africa, James Isiche; IFAW Head of Programs East Africa, Steve Njumbi, IFAW Elephant Expert, Cynthia Moss; and IFAW Research Associate, Vicky Fishlock.
IFAW Forest Elephant Rescue
In this brief video, a team of IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) experts envisage their most challenging rescue yet - a mission to save some of the last remaining forest elephants in West Africa. The daring rescue will herd, dart, capture and truck the elephants 250 miles to the protected area of Azagny National Park. The large scale operation will commence January 19, 2014.
what a little dote thanks June
Yes, we sure do have a lot of work to do... and keep doing, Sue. But I really do think that the 'awareness' is spreading, and those mistreating elephants are realizing just how much they are being watched.
Here's a pic of BELLA, the awesome dog who was companion and best friend to Tarra the elephant and TES. I've been wanting to make a memorial pic for some time. There are some links on my profile page to the videos where she has been honoured by the TES staff, who miss her as much as Tarra. I love this dog. I still haven't forgiven the coyotes that took her life.... I know, that's bad, but I will forgive them one day.
Cheryl, thanks for transferring the Bowmanville article to the right thread, would you believe I looked for that thread and could not find it? Such sad news about our elephants, makes me even more certain that they do not belong in countries other than where they live in the wild. We have a lot of work ahead of us to make that happen.
I just learned that dear sweet DULARY at TES has passed away. My thoughts immediately went to watching her arrive at TES and the days afterwards when she bonded with Misty. Dulary was 50 years old and she at least had about seven of the last years enjoying the freedom and loving care she found at TES.
Below is a link that will take you to the statement from TES and a video of Dulary.
Watch Dulary's tribute video here.
Thank you June. While the one video in it's terrible truth is difficult to watch, the other is so heartwarming and delightful. I love mom and baby in that mudbath!
So often I chuckle because the back end of an elephant can be rather humorous. I just couldn't put my finger on what it reminds me of. Then, not long ago, I was reading the comments underneath an ele video. One fellow said, "Those back legs always remind me of baggy pants." VOILA! That's it! It's ye ole baggy pant look!
Thanks, June. I had to do a screenshot of this beautiful baby girl and her little friends. The pics of her standing faithfully and fearfully with her dying mom are heartbreaking. Thank God for these rangers that have saved so many baby elephants. She is such a treasure... "strong-willed and a little greedy.." is what will help her survive, I think.
And thanks, Mary - the snowelephant is sooooooo cute! I have to say that I think it would be quite a task to do the trunk and have it stay attached. Love it!
How an elephant orphanage saved Zongalon
Traumatised calf is transformed into a happy, healthy little girl after she was found guarding her dying mother.
Zongoloni spent her last moments with her mother who died from wounds inflicted by the poachers hoping to steal her tusks
She was rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and now lives at Kenya’s only elephant orphanage, based in Nairobi National Park
While she is one of the quieter members of her new heard as she grieves her mother, the one-year-old calf enjoys mud baths and dairy treats
As soon as I read about LIMBA at BOWMANVILLE it triggered my memory about another thread we started. I found it in the archives and re-activated it. That way we can keep tabs on any news happening re this TERRIBLE HORRIBLE place!
I have transferred the last three posts by Sue and Mary to keep them with the BOWMANVILLE thread but will keep these ones here or they are will disappear as I just copied them.
Thanks for finding the news and petition, Sue.
signed and shared Sue with tears and anger
Here is an article about Limba
They did kill her, but the article reads she died. How's that for truth in journalism?
o Sue my heart is aching as well signed of course its like what we were saying about the horses big powerful animals ill treated by cowardly bullys horrible people ,one kick from the horse or stamp from an elephant would kill them but they dont do that o i get so mad
Thank you for finding and posting that petition, Sue. My heart just aches, as I know does yours and all our sisters here. These people need big fines and long prison terms. I thought elephants were revered in India! Well, maybe they are in some parts but certainly not with these crazed sadists.
Please sign the petition to help Sunder escape being beaten with a stick at the hands of nasty humans. She was supposed to be transferred to a sanctuary, but was hidden instead. There is a video and a gif of the abuse at the link you follow from the story, you have been warned!
Hi ladies! Gosh, I'm like you, Sue - I looked at some things on this thread that I missed before. Ended up crying and laughing as I went along.
Signed some petitions I missed.
Good for India! Good for ban on circus animals!
The baby running around his momma and auntie is hilarious! He was having such a wonderful time. It's hard to know and see others who may never get the chance to do that. Very hard to watch the elephants that are being tied and hooked and chained. I pray this will change one day soon!
Those Borneo Pygmy Elephants are so precious!
Mary, that's a wonderful picture -- looks like mom and babe just had a mud bath. Great detail.
I am so happy for Lucky, the blind elephant. I sure had a happy cry. It is so wonderful to see other elephants become a welcoming party. She was certainly welcomed and loved by the others right away. I took a few screen shots:
Lucky stepping off truck after 20 hour trip to FREEDOM!
Getting some lovin' from a sister:
thanks ladies for signing this is a great thread
Finally caught up with this thread. Signed all the petitions and laughed and cried at all the stories and videos. Elephants are so much like us that it is impossible for me to understand how humans can treat them so badly. Thank goodness there are many humans who do great work rescuing them.
Save Borneo Pygmy Elephants from Extinction
thanks June signed i am so happy for Lucky its great to hear good news
Praise Ban on Cruel Circus Elephant Performances
Lucky, a circus elephant is rescued from a life of performing elephant shows in Surin. She is completely blinded by the bright spotlights used during the night time shows. She is now roaming free and has made many new friends at Elephant Nature Park in Mae Tang, Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. Elephant Nature Park is run by Sangduen 'Lek' Chailert the founder of Save Elephant Foundation
A good news story for a change.
thanks Cheryl how lovely to see the family love of elephants i wish more people understood that animals love like us and feel sadness and lonliness too ,i will look up the jfk video i think that would be great hugs to all
Thank you so much, June, for this amazing story. It reminds me of Shirley and Jenny at TES. Imagine, Thong Bai was 90 years old!
The story was beautifully written and I felt like I was walking with them, and "giggling" as they did in their talks and walks. It tears at ones heart to know how much Mae Mai grieved. You want so badly to do something to comfort her.
All the other elephants knew her sorrow and came to try to console her. There is such an incredible bond and understanding between one another.
One thing I found a bit peaceful was that it sounds like she and the others are well cared for and definitely loved. We can feel some comfort for her in that.
This story will be with me all night.
Thanks for the wonderful database Cheryl
signed petitions Mary + Sue
Mary, I was glad to sign that petition. I hope many thousands do the same. Thank you! If you haven't read about President Kennedy's trip to Ireland yet, Mary, look in on the thread we had/have going re "Remembering President Kennedy." It was really nice to watch the documentary because he had such a good time.
Sue, I was also glad to sign petition for poor Mali.
Oh my, our world's elephants, rhinos, tigers, birds.... and on and on need the world on their side. I watched a Nat. Geo. documentary recently which said there are more tigers in captivity in people's backyards than there are in the wild. Shocking!
Please sign to help Mali be released to a sanctuary she has been kept prisoner in a concrete cage for 35 years. Unbelievable what some humans do.
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Thanks for the news ladies. So sad that the baby ele was kept from his Mum for quite a while, but I can see her humans wanting to keep the baby safe. Heartbreaking for Mum though. Hope she and baby do well together. Sometimes I wonder if the Mums are trying to kill their babies to keep them from a life in prison in a Zoo. My mind works in strange ways some days. Lovely to see the baby protected by the herd from the crocs. Signed the petition and now off to see if there is any more news on the 3 sisters from Toronto in their new home.
wonderful database Cheryl i thought you and Sue and everyone might like to sign this http://www.thepetitionsite.com/979/728/096/indian-railways-to-reduce-train-speed-stop-killing-elephants/
I am always in awe when I watch how a matriarch and the aunties, and even younger eles with them, organize and surround a baby or very young ones for protection. It's as if they have rehearsed the positioning and who goes where and does what. They seem to communicate telepathically. So amazing.
Watch them protect a small baby from three crocodiles:
The count on chained eles petition now at 3,357. It's getting there!
The train/elephant collision is absolutely horrendous! Those in the herd that survived most likely will return to that spot for a very long time to mourn their loss. I feel sick to my stomach.
Sue, I had the same feeling about that big ele and the car... who's going to move first? Yikes! Good thing that other ele came along and walked into the bush because things might have turned out differently.
I saw a National Geo. documentary the other night and I am still fuming when I think of it!
At the time I was watching it I was really -- to say the least. It was about the Houston Zoo and one of their elephants named Shanti who gave birth. I just looked it up and it was in 2010:
There are four pictures there that lead into more pictures. But what you won't/don't see is that when the birth was happening ALL FOUR OF HER LEGS WERE TIED and CHAINED! She could barely move. Can you imagine us being tied down while giving birth? A bunch of people rushed in to grab the baby as soon as it was born and toted it away from the mother who was vocalizing very loudly and twisting and turning trying to get to her baby. The staff was checking the baby, weighing, etc. while mom screamed. It was heartbreaking, and none of these pictures show any of that.
The head staff said that Shanti was aggressive with another baby when it had been born. We've posted a few birth videos before showing the mom kicking and pushing the baby to get it to move, and I bet that's what they're referring to. It's the natural thing for eles to do right after birth unless the baby gets up and walks right away, which is highly unlikely. And another sad thing was that there were no aunties around, as we've seen with a few other births in captivity. They all get in on touching and pushing the baby around to rouse it to breathe and move.
Is the Houston Zoo on the list to send their eles to a sanctuary? They are obviously breeding the eles. Oh gosh my heart ached for that momma.
thanks for signing June and for all your wonderful videos
signed the petition Mary .. 3,335signers. Let's reach 4,000
thanks Cheryl for the video + Sue for the sad news
this is heartbreaking Sue i read about a baby ellie a few months ago they tried to save him but he died of his injuries ,elephant family the charity are trying to prevent this tragedy happening ,7 elephants what a terrible loss
Some very sad news this morning
Mary, signed the petition, what an awful thing to do to babies and keep them from their mothers, humans are so nasty and will do anything to make money it seems.
Loved the video Cheryl, as I was watching it I heard "you first" from the elephant, seemed like she was daring the car to move before she did!
P.S. I have a feeling that when that second elephant walked on through the cars into the bush, the big girl testing the car decided to follow. See the way she touches the car with her foot? So awesome! I would have fainted probably.
I saw this video quite some time ago but just watched it again. The seconds (feels like an eternity) that this big girl stood there, thinking about what she was going to do with that car, made me hold my breath! I can't help but wonder what she was thinking... and she was thinking and did make a decision to walk away. You can feel the tension - hers and the people in the cars.
so cute they really cheer you up thanks Lynn and Cheryl Sue June and Barb
I did the WWF test (I can't believe I only got 8 out of 10! And here I thought I'd be a smarty pants)! They threw a couple of questions in a different language. lol Also sent e-mail message to rangers and hopefully next month I will be able to send a small donation. What amazing work these rangers do without the equipment - even shoes - they need! Thanks, Sue.
June, I signed all petitions. Hope we get more signatures on some, but they are coming in at a fairly good pace.
Mary, what an awesome picture! Funny how some of the little ones look like tiny aged eles. Also signed that very sad elephant petition. It's so hard to see those beastly (using code word) chains.
I still haven't watched the Toronto 3 videos, so I'm off to do that now!
GREAT ACTION HERE, SISTERS!
What a sweetie, heard it takes them more than a year to learn how to use that trunk, I think it's more like 2. What a truly amazing creation it is. Have signed all the petitions up to date. Also went to the Paws website and looked at all the recently uploaded photos of the 3 sisters and read all the recent posts about them. No new videos yet though. So good to know they are happy in their new much warmer and huge home.
Applaud Opening of National Elephant Sanctuary
With elephant numbers dwindling, sanctuaries such as the National Elephant Center may be the last chance for these magnificent species to survive. While it is not their natural habitat, at least the elephants in this sanctuary will not be the subject of poaching and enjoy a fulfilling life. The sanctuary is also not open to the public, enabling these creatures to live peacefully. Commend the director and his staff for protecting this incredible species.
Just the link.
we've got 656signatures, help us get to 1,000
Retire Limba the elephant to PAWS Sanctuary
we've got 457signatures, help us get to 1,000
Take the WWF IQ test to see how much you know about animals, including the quiz on elephants.
You can also send an ecard to a ranger who protects elephants to say thank you for protecting them too, the link appears after you take the quiz. Boasting here, I scored 10 out of 10 for my elephant knowledge! Am sure you'll do the same.
At the end of the Fifth Estate documentary about Toronto's three elephants going to California, there was mention of LUCY who is a lone elephant at the Edmonton (Alberta) zoo. People there are absolutely adament that she doesn't get along with other eles, that she is just fine and dandy with people who she's been with all her life and.... .... the usual denial we've seen before.
Scroll down this link that I just posted on the other thread about the Toronto eles:
.... and you'll see conversation and LUCY and a link to the Change.Org petition concerning her removal to a sanctuary:
This petition is active (3:45 EST, Sat 10 Oct) at
I hope this doesn't come out with my name on it, but the one on the direct link posted should be free to sign. We must work on getting LUCY out of there! Edmonton has a real cold winter which has already had snowfall. What arguments the people gave... AND although they didn't use the bullhook while being filmed, the man was holding one and obviously it is used.
It was also interesting to see film about MAGGIE who was flown from Alaska to the PAWS sanctuary in 2007 by the biggest Air Force plane you've ever seen!
Oh Sue, the Shirley and Jenny video is probably the BEST one I have seen of them. I remember when this first happened. Watching them together is watching what LOVE is all about. Imagine, 25 years apart! One is gone now and that was so painful for everyone, especially the one that was left to mourn. I love the fellow at the beginning who was Shirley's caretaker. He truly loved her and I believe Shirley knew and felt that. He said, "I don't know who put the first chains on her, but I'm glad I was the last to take them off."
Thank God things worked out as they did for Shirley and Jenny. They had some real quality time to spend together, and people didn't even know at first they had once been together. Their affection for one another is stunning to watch, and yes.... I cried all the way through it! Thanks for posting that, Sue. It is such a precious video.
Re the petition link: yes, I have seen that but thought it was to individuals, not a group. I will check it out on the next petition. Thank you!
Cheryl, not sure how to do the petition link without your name, but there should be somewhere on the page with your signature to send the link to a friend. After I sign petitions there is usually a screen asking me to send the link to people, did you not see one like that?
This was sent to me today, you will not be able to watch with dry eyes!
Thanks June, about the petition below that I thought was okay to transfer here but it had my name on it. Sooooo, how does one transfer a petition link when it comes up with one's name already on it? I deleted that link with my name.
Keep Elephant Abuse Out of California's Nevada's County Fair
Thanks for more links, sisters. I don't mean to exclude other animals as we do have another thread for them. So this can be directly for elephant and rhinos.
I belong to the Care2 group No Cruelty to Animals, they have specific elephant/rhino threads. Here are 2 links. This one is now closed, but all the petition links are still there.
This one is the new thread with tons of petitions already.
Posted this in the Elephant group a week ago, thought you might like it
Amazing Elephant Activist
How I Became an Elephant is one girl’s journey to inspire a movement. When Juliette West set out on a quest to educate herself she got far more than she bargained for. Now she is angry. Her anger is driven by love; love for all that is natural and free. How I Became an Elephant follows this innocent fourteen year-old girl from suburban California on her quest to save the world’s largest land mammals; a quest that takes her halfway across the globe and face to face with the giants she aims to save.
Ban elephant trading in Punjab: Amend legislation
we've got 953signatures, help us get to 1,000
Ban the sale of ivory in the United States
you took action on July 15, 2013
Oh dear! Does that petition come up with my name or your name?
The ending is really beautiful. This is a "Humans at Their Best" video. I wonder what the mother is thinking at the end? Will she trust humans in the future?
I watched a number of videos tonight that show how much we humans can learn from the elephant families. They are so loving and kind, they touch one another - what so many humans long for because some people don't get hugs or even a gentle touch on the shoulder or hand. There are so many human single mothers who have no family to help them. The elephant family work together so beautifully, and take precious care of one another. The "aunties" are magnificent with their help to new moms and calfs, so baby enters the world surrounded by so much love and protection.
We need to sign all petitions possible (let's go looking for them) and do a lot of praying! There is such a huge message for humans these beautiful animals give us, while greedy evil people continue to murder them. They MUST be stopped one way or another.
Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked,
underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
Author - Albert Schweitzer
He is SO cute, Sue! He may be trying to attract a lady ele - or maybe he's just dancing to some tune!
Sent from my friend Patricia G this morning!
Glad you got back in to C2, Sue. I haven’t had that one happen yet.
What a switch from poor Twiggy’s story to what’s happening with Toka, Thika, and Iringa (I think I spelled them right!). I can understand the zoo’s caretakers being upset after decades of caring for one or more of these girls, but I hope they can soon believe that these three are going to be so much better off and have a real LIFE!
HURRAH for Bob Barker! $700,000, God bless him. He has been working for this a long time. I wish we could see these girls when they arrive like we were able to watch some of the eles arrive at Tennessee. So so so exciting! I imagine they will make some videos.
(I just had a post disappear into God knows where! So maddening!!)
Mary, it was good to see Virginia McKenna looking well. But her voice relayed the compassion and tragedy of this poor elephant named Twiggy. What a terrible life for this elephant - so lonely. I imagine that eventually a form of insanity, numbness, and deep depression sets in. Someone wants to make money off of displaying her, caring little about her mind, body, and spirit wellbeing. I did a few screenshots to honour Twiggy. My heart breaks for her.
This is the dark, damp place where she must go to be fed. So different from the warm and friendly place at Tennessee Sanctuary.
Such a small place for her to wander. She must just walk around and around that circular prison.
Care2 had a hiccup and locked hundreds if not thousands out of C2 for a couple of days. I had been having other troubles the day before that. They are making so many changes to the way the site works and sometimes people cannot log-in, or get their profile deleted. But seem to be back yesterday, as are many other people. Here is the story about 3 sad, old elephants that are finally leaving Toronto for warmer temps in California. It has been a heated story for years. An article and 3 video reports of all the nonsense that has ensued the last couple of days. I'm keeping everything crossed they arrive whole and healthy in their new warmer home.
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The Born Free Foundation, originally known as Zoo Check, was founded in response to the destruction of a teenage African elephant named Pole Pole in the Elephant House at London Zoo on 17th October 1983. Today marks the anniversary of her tragic death 30 years ago and coincides with the publication of a damning report, Innocent Prisoner, that exposes the lives endured by some of the 40 or more elephants living in solitary confinement throughout Europe.
To coincide with the anniversary of Pole Poleâs tragic death, the Born Free Foundation is releasing Innocent Prisoner, a new report highlighting the on-going plight of solitary elephants in Europe. Born Free has discovered the shocking truth that there are over 40 elephants currently housed alone in zoos, circuses and private facilities across Europe.
Virginia McKenna OBE, still actively involved in the work of the Foundation, recently visited one such elephant, Twiggy, at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia. Twiggy had been moved between five different zoos in Britain throughout the 1980s, before eventually ending up in Serbia in 1990. She has been alone since 1997.
Ms McKenna was deeply distressed by what she found when she saw Twiggy for the first time,
"I honestly thought that the days of keeping intelligent, social, family-oriented species like elephants in solitary confinement were long gone. That no more elephants would suffer what Pole Pole had to endure. How wrong I was. It was heart-breaking, reaching out to Twiggy as I had done to Pole Pole all those years ago and realising that for her, the nightmare was still a reality.â
Will Travers OBE, CEO of the Born Free Foundation said,
"Thirty years ago Pole Poleâs death sent shockwaves around the captive industry. We thought the keeping of elephants in solitary would soon become a distant memory. It seems many zoos and circuses have learned nothing and are willing to live in the past. Our mission is simple: Over the next 30 years we want to see the compassionate phasing-out of elephants in captivity in Europe and, specifically, ensure that the keeping of elephants alone can never happen again."
Chris Draper, Born Free's Senior Programmes Manager for Captive Wild Animals/Science, added:
"With the best will in the world, zoos and circuses cannot replicate the social and physical environment that elephants have evolved to live in. This means that what elephants want and need, compared to what they can be provided with in captivity, are very different. One of their key requirements is social interaction with members of their own species. Denying this risks severely compromising elephant welfare."
Born Free is calling for the establishment of the first genuine elephant sanctuary in Europe and for the elephants currently housed alone to be relocated there. Key criteria for such a sanctuary include: opportunities for social contact with other elephants; ensuring that female elephants remain with their friends, family and companions unless lives are at risk; enforcing a no breeding policy to make sure that sanctuary space goes to the most needy; campaigning for an end to imports of elephants from the wild; and supporting all appropriate measures to conserve and protect elephants in their natural habitat.
Read the 2013 'Innocent Prisoner' report
Awwwww.... those eles look like they are REALLY enjoying themselves! Look at that ear flapping and butt motion to the music. Shows how smart and fun-filled they can be. Thanks Sue. Glad you got back in to C2. What was happening where you couldn't get in?
This little guy was across from Sue's video:
Cute baby elephant's first steps -and steps on his trunk!
When I see these videos... like the little kitten too that Lynn posted on the other video thread... it makes me think of the baby animal's soul that has arrived inside this new little body, and you can actually see the baby thinking as it tries out its new legs, trunk, mouth, etc.
thats one musical elephant super thanks Sue
Thanks for posting the link to info. and petition, Sue. I wish I had heard more about this! I will be getting updates and I gladly signed petition.
I know what you mean about the email overload. I don't know how people manage their emails at Care2 (I haven't been there for quite some time), personal emails, groups, etc. We can only do our best, but I do hate missing friends' birthdays!
Not sure if the whole email will fit here, or even if it would be legal to paste it so this is the link to the online view about many walks that took place in support of saving the elephants.
As much as I've been screwing up lately, did manage to get this posted in the proper thread! Am behind over 3,000 emails and emailed group posts right now so can't comment on other postings. Oh, for more hours in a day to enable me to catch up!
Another amazing ele video from Sue, copied from other thread.
This is such a wonderful video I simply cannot understand how people can kill elephants.
I could watch this over and over. The mum ele and her sisters/aunties talk to one another and you can see the planning and organization that is going into this rescue. Had the mum been on her own, chances are the little one would have drowned. Isn't this so different with humans who are single parents with very few people in their life to help? I used to work with young moms and pregnant teens. I never got used to the number of parents who kicked their pregnant daughter out of their home. These elephants are really remarkable and humans could learn lessons from them. Thanks for this, Sue.
Awesome info. Barb. I have two FB friends who are parrot parents and are frequently putting pics through. They are VERY smart -- and cheeky too! lol I am not all that active in FB but some of my sisters here are FB friends and just a few others who are either family or friends who are also in Care2. Parrots are quite the focus, though. This lovely man with beautiful parrots rescued a cockatiel off of Craigslist! He was obviously uncared for/abused and is a feather picker. Gary is trying to 'love' him away from doing that. My brother rescued a crow with a broken wing when we were kids and my of my, what a character. He was very smart and eventually picked off his wing bandage and last I saw, he was happily running and flying down our laneway.
Hi Cheryl, Lynn, June, Mary, Sue and anyone I missed! Big Hugs.
June thank you for the adorable baby elephant pictures link! I love them!
They are so adorable and highly intelligent.
But brain size doesn't matter anymore.
Just want to let you know that the African Grey parrot has been proven by Dr. Irene Pepperberg to have the intelligence of a 5 or 6 year old child and crows have been proven to be smarter than the Ape with even smaller brains! So brain size doesn't matter. African greys have brains the size of a shelled walnut! Amazing isn't it
June - thanks for that wonderful link - they certainly do melt one's heart! I have taken some snapshots from that link and will gradually post them. Isn't there just something about elephant butts and legs that can be comical - especially the baby butts! They always 'get to me'... like this one, for instance:
and the adults are pretty cute too!
This little girl must know this elephant well, and vice versa.
Sue, I can't remember which one usually has the hair - India or Africa, and of course one has the tusks and the other doesn't. With Indian elephants not growing tusks, I imagine they are so much safer. I believe that info. is right.
Cheryl, thanks for posting the lovely video. June thanks for the Baba-mail link. I get many emails from them but am a few hundred behind right now. Web Of Trust now gives the site a red danger warning, but the complaint seems to be spam, my guess is people have not yet figured out how to limit the number of emails baba-mail sends out. What a lovely series of baby elephant photos that was. I had no idea how much hair some elephants have and am wondering if it is a genetic remnant from when their home was much cooler than it is now?
Posted this in Elephant Lovers group 3 mths ago so I hope it still works?
Baby animals are so cute and fun to look at, but there is one 'baby' that weighs more than most adult humans, has almost no fur to speak of and loves the mud, and despite these facts, the baby elephant is definitely one of the cutest of all baby animals!
So this post is all about these 'little' guys with great photos and also some fascinating information about the biggest land mammal.
Oh BARB.... so good to see you! Glad you like the eles. I just wish they had never become orphans. More coming!
Oh My Cheryl. Precious video of elephant whisperers. And the babies cry without them.
The Elephant Whisperers (National Geographic video)
Thanks Mary, love.
Here's a real cutie. I found this on FB.
PLEASE BECOME ONE ON THE MARCH TO SAVE THE ELEPHANTS!
Thank you so much, Lynn, for the link to the ele birth you sent through FB. This video and link showed up at the end of your video so I thought I'd post it.
Of course, I cried with a big smile on my face all the way through it. This is the way it was all intended to be. It's amazing to see her encouragement through gentle nudges, lifting, and continuously moving baby towards the goal. Keep your eye open for a little bird that appears and sticks close to them. Nosy or just plain interested!
Hi Mary! Good to see you, sis. That baby is so beautiful! He or she is having so much fun and it's showing on his little face! I love it. Lovely to live near an ocean, which is what that water looks like.
It's so nice to see these babes and their parents living a GOOD life!
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they are so precious thanks Cheryl
It seems that tires are one of their preferred toys!
I LOVE YOU MOM!
When I see these baby/mother pictures of animals, where the baby is leaning into the mother for protection, comfort, food, safety, I can't help but think that in most cases it is only humans that threaten them. God bless our animals!
LOOK at that sweet baby! Big mama by his side, a sunny day, and the delightful feel of all that wet stuff to drink and play in. This babe couldn't be more than a few days old and he's up and ready to taste the world!
Thanks Mary. He's so delightful!
Awwwww Lynn, isn't he just the cutest little gaffer! It is so wonderful to watch animals, especially baby ones, enjoying themselves, and this little one sure is to the fullest. I laugh along with the woman who is laughing in the video. Thanks for posting this cutie!
Please go back to #1 thread for some great pics and videos of pure joy when you need a refresher laugh!
Carrying over last post from Lynn from #1 thread as it was taking too long to load.
Baby elephant taking a bath. Too cute!!