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Sue, signed again under another email name and posted the petition on Facebook. Also the article about Raju that went with it. That poor, dear ele.
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We are over 70,000 signatures, can you help us get to 100,000 by September 4? September 4 is Raju's court date!
Petition and email links in an earlier post.
Raju needs our help, the court case is set for Thursday September 4th, please sign the petition I posted 2 days ago and send the emails too. We have to make certain Raju is never sent back to his torturer who sadly believes he owns him still.
Wildlife SOS has a new blog post giving all the latest info on the court case.
Another newspaper article about the situation with more facts than any other I've found.
Just about to shut off the computer when I had a thought that I must look for news of Sunder and Raju, so glad I did. Unbelievably bad news, Raju's former owner is now trying to regain ownership of him through the courts. We have to help our boy all over again. Here is the blog post from Wildlife SOS. Please sign the petition from the link on that page and also send the emails, the email is already written just copy and paste into your email program.
Their Facebook page where you will find the latest updates.
Only 1 newspaper article so far
Petition link in case you are short of time and do not have time to read all the articles.
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Lovely photo of the human and elephant friends Cheryl. Love to see photos like that. Short of time today so will have to come back and read all your links. Signed the petition, it only went up by 8 signs so far. Just popping in this short article about a wonderful idea of raising funds for the elephants in India. Done in conjunction with Wildlife SOS India.
Here is a longer article, with a photo of Phoolkali
I FORGOT ABOUT THE ELEPHANT DATA BASE that lists all the elephants in zoos all over the world - alive and deceased. Extremely interesting! Now WATOTO has been added.
As of today August 28/14 at 10:22PM there are 21,481 signatures on the Change.Org petition! I'll have to check the other petition and we'll keep track and watch it grow!
More news about Watoto, that zoo, and protest and vigil held.
Change.Org petition on that link, but here's specific link to petition.
Sue, it is so good to know that Raju is happy and has adapted well because just that alone is like a medicine. You're right -- he'll catch up!
Awful news about Watoto dying. I looked up some YouTubes on the eles in that zoo and it is crushing to watch them!
Elephant Abuse at Zoo Leads to Lawsuit
This one of a pacing WATOTO is excruciatingly painful to watch too! It looks like this has been going on for a long time and maybe there will be a chance to move the other two if we have enough public outcry! "CRY" is an operative word here.
We need some Bob Barkers here!!
There are a few more videos on these particular poor elephants in that zoo on the right side of these videos.
Terrible news about the rangers and poachers. At least it is out in the open and - HOPEFULLY - will be handled swiftly in favour of the elephants left!
I have to post something happy now. I think this picture shows another young woman elephant whisperer who has been accepted as part of "the family."
She looks so happy and comfortable with the eles. I'd say they all know each other very well.
This is deeply disturbing, the protectors turn into the poachers....
Love that photo Cheryl. Raju was so grossly under weight that it will take some months before he looks healthy, good to see him gaining already. He is well on the way to recovery. Here is another petition to remove elephants from a zoo.
Thank you so much, Sue! The video of the bull ele that was wounded badly by so many arrows, then helped by those human angels, made my eyes well up. I believe he did know that those particular humans meant him no harm and had helped him. Like Raju, after being brutalized by mankind he did not show aggression towards the ones that helped him.
I signed the pledge and watched video - quite emotional.
I gladly signed petition.
Watched the video of the poor, helpless ele that had been snared (almost the same as the brutal leghold trap). He must have been terrified when he saw the good fellows approaching him! I pray it's true that they monitored him and he was doing better. This David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is wonderful.
Awwwwww.... RAJU! He looks wonderful (although a little skinny standing with the chubbier Laxmi! lol What an amazing elephant, along with the amazing human angels who have given him a new life! Thanks for great pics.
I wonder if this elephant is trying to shoo the zebras away because it's her turn at the watering hole, or perhaps just giving them a cool shower on a hot day!
Photos of Raju, who has gained 214 lbs, or 97 kilos in his first month of freedom!
Here he chats with Laxmi, don't they both look so happy?
Someone invented a Raju night light, it's for sale from a link on the Wildlife SOS Facebook page. Also a link to buy a Raju t-shirt. Wish I was a lot richer so would be able to buy one of each.
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Another petition for the eles, asking President Obama to help end Elephant Poaching and make it illegal to sell ivory in the US, the second largest buyer of ivory worldwide!
These are all wonderful - thank you!
Thank you Sue, Mary, Sandi and Lynn -- what a magnificent journey I've just been on through your links! Haven't expressive enough words for the joyous elephant life I saw, and the good people caring for them. Smiled all the way through, and shed some happy tears. Stayed away from anything sad. Sue, that link leads on and on, so I've still got some happy things to see!
Mary, so happy to see you back! Hope you'll be telling us about your vacation.
SUCH BEAUTIFUL FEET!
thanks Sue and Cheryl that sure is a great smile on Rajus face hello Wendy and Lynn Barb Angel Ingrid Brenda Lily Les and anyone i missed i was having lots of trouble answering my messages on care2 yesterday but its better today
In honour of World Elephant Day Africa Geographic had a photo contest. Here is the link to the Winning photo and runners up. My monitor is just not big enough to show the photos all at once as they are so big!
Here is a link sent in an email this morning. A funny baby elephant video for World Elephant Day, followed by more than 80 others. The videos are bigger than normal at this link. You could also go full screen too for the best view.
Glad the elephant got a good scratch Cheryl, but sad the people didn't get out of his way first, their car would still be fit to drive.
Here's some pictures and the story behind them of an amazing elephant encounter. This appeared in the news a while ago but I'm not getting it posted until now. LUCKY PASSENGERS!
Sue, the pictures of what the people are doing there to help elephants who have lost a foot or leg is really wonderful to see.
"Affectionate: one of Raju's female friends strokes his trunk with hers. He was initially wary of contact because of his appalling treatment at the hands of captors."
Gentle Soul - enjoy LIFE dear Raju!
Thanks, Sue. I had to do snapshots of Raju from the above link you provided. How can we not SMILE-big when we look at this amazing elephant? He and the five female friends he's been introduced to are called the "Herd of Hope" and that is surely fitting.
"Gang's all here: Raju's friends have also escaped from great cruelty and now live in Manthura, northern India.
And poignantly, they flapped their ears - an expression of joy - before touching him with their trunks as they welcomed him. CHARITY WILDLIFE SOS founder Kartick Satyananarayan, who led the rescue operation to save Raju, said: 'We are delighted Raju has fitted in so well with the first family he's ever had since he was orphaned by poachers as a calf. He had been so terribly brutalized for 50 years that we feared he'd be unable to live with his own kind. He didn't even know how to be an elephant. But now it's like he's always been with them."
That most certainly is a smile, don't you think?
Here is an article from a few days ago with new photos and videos of Raju
Lovely gif and photo Cheryl, babies are so much fun! Here is how some elephants who have lost legs are being helped. No other info was sent, only the photos. I imagine they live somewhere where there were landmines and lost their legs because they stepped on them.
Wonderful news about elephants. Just an article.
Raju update, an article with 2 videos and some photos.
Thanks, Sue, for all the links. I haven't finished all of them yet but got quite a few. I signed all petitions I could see. There was one not doing as well, as you mentioned, I think because it was started by a woman in Belgium and she may not have been able to speak English all that well. She tried, but it needed more information and on those petitions it's a must that the spelling be correct and petition well worded . We get some that are very poor and people are reluctant to sign, unfortunately.
Such bad and sad news on some links, but you did put some happy and cute things in there too. Many wonderful pictures! I haven't been in my Facebook for such a long time... must go! The two babes play-fighting sure make ya smile... little Wellington got the upper hand over his bigger cousin who ran back to mommy! hahahahaha Lovely pics and news about RAJU...
Thanks for all this great info...... and World Elephant Day on the 14th of August! YAY!
"I LOVE PLAYING WITH THIS BIG THING ON MY FACE!"
News of Raju, make sure to scroll down to the July 24th posts to see how the formerly abused elephant is now enjoying the decadence of having buckets of fruit to eat while in his private pool.
News of Sunder from NDTV India, an article and video.
Yet another petition
Cute video of baby elephants play fighting, it is bigger at this link instead of on You Tube.
Another sad story. At least this time one of the poachers also lost his life.
Ending on a happy note, I really do try to find something happy to end with.
Slightly different info here. It is easier to see the links too.
Here is a Facebook page, Lynn will be so happy to see the stunning elephant photos to add to her collection. The images are superb of all the animals on this Facebook page.
Here is a link to an online magazine with stunning photos of elephants in the wild and a very informative article. You can also read the other articles in the magazine.
Finally a library of free to download elephant photos, just credit the photographer if you want to use the photos online.
Thanks for posting the photos Cheryl, the elephants are totally loving with that lady for sure, that's because she is most definitely a family member. The baby in the last one is obviously smiling.
The news this morning is dire, believe it or not a school in Namibia is auctioning off a permit to kill a desert elephant. Here are some links I found about it along with a couple of petitions to sign, sadly neither petition is well written so doubt they will be successful. What were the idots that run the school thinking. Click on the image for a bigger view of it.
They have a Facebook page but since I'm not on Facebook I can't get there. Here is a recent article about the desert elephants.
Here's those screenshots so we can look back on them. I marvel at this elephant whisperers gifts. Look how big those babes are, with her sitting in between them and under them.
Thanks, Sue, for all the good things you posted, and I signed petition for poor Nosey, which aggravates me also that such a stupid name was given to this magnificent being. Grrrrrrrh!
Lynn, that is such a funny picture and the young woman looks very good natured enough to have the pic taken. I remember when a woman at the Toronto Zoo (when the three eles were there) let one of the eles explore her completely, and it was COMPLETELY! She said the ele wanted to know everything she could about what a human woman is all about.
This baby is smiling! Right? I know we never get tired of watching elephants interact with one another. It's really beautiful.
Hi Brenda - sorry that link didn't work -- maybe the petition was full enough to send where it was supposed to go and they stopped the petition (?) ...and so happy you like this thread too!
Sue -- thanks for all the news. It's great that Raju has his own FB page, and others do as well. Such a good way to get signing done and info.out. It is so funny to watch eles with their tires! I really get a kick out the the playfulness. The articles about elephants crying? I can't believe there are still people who question elephant emotions! What a wonderful man SAM SIMON! God bless him! This is one of those stories that show us what the human spirit is capable of, and to me it was obvious he forged ahead with amazing and meaningful 'projects' -- if saving elephants and other animals -- as well as children -- are 'projects'. Love that man.
I also love Faa Mai the elephant and her wonderful caretaker, Lek Chailert. I didn't know she was the founder of the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Wow! I listened to that lullaby many times and found it so soothing. She has the complete trust and love of those elephants and I just love watching her. I'm going to post this message before I lose it and then post a few screenshots of Lek Chailert and the eles from that video.
News on both Raju and Sunder this morning. Thank goodness for Google alerts. Wish there was a video of Sunder with his new family in the lake, couldn't find it though.
Another petition to help Nosey. What an absurd name for an elephant, shows no respect at all.
Just a few minutes after writing no news of Sunder, this link was sent in a Google Alert. Are you as surprised as I was by learning about the hero who helped Sunder, especially since we are only finding out now?
Thanks for the lovely photo Cheryl, seems elephants love tires, found this short video.
Click the link on that page that says - back to album - for more videos from Wildlife SOS India.
Raju's new shelter is under construction. He has his own private pool............
Can't find any news on Sunder, but did find this lovely video. Remember the lady that sang to the sleeping elephant?, here they are again, best of friends. There is a short article under the big video.
An article on the emotions of elephants.
Raju now has his own Facebook page.
Here are the most recent photos of Raju.
Cheryl, tried to sign petition it said "page could not be found" . It is good to be here. Great picture.
Sue, thanks for the video of Raju, he looks well.
so lovely thanks Cheryl
It's nice to have friends to play with!
Mary, I just activated your link and signed as well. Thanks, sis.
Gosh, I've been here in the 'Elephant Room' for quite some time. So much to see and read.
Sue, the elephant animations are so well done, especially the trampoline one. I really enjoyed the hairy baby ele trying to figure out why that girl doesn't have a trunk. He wanted to play with her so badly. Oh my gosh, I just fell in love with that baby so fast. He does look like a little mammoth! lol The news about Raju is good.... such mixed feelings looking at those pictures and videos. Those chains were the evil in mankind, and the Dr. removing them was the good side. Of course Raju lost his faith in humanity -- what was in his sad and brutal life to make him feel any different?! His new friend is so sweet. My heart is full looking at them both. I pray Raju will have a few good years to experience life as he should have from the beginning.
Nosey the elephant needs immediate attention. Rescue first, and some time later change his name! He's not a clown. And that video showing the abused elephant kept in isolation.... he's been driven insane! So terribly hard to see that poor soul. Thanks for all the news, Sue.
Lynn, the dog and elephant friends are just wonderful. Dog's name is Bella, just like the Bella who was at the Tennessee Sanctuary. I still love that dog.
Hi Brenda. Good to see you on so many threads. You certainly have become a sister.
WOW... that charge of the elephant brigade was scary!! Those guys probably have learned that elephants need their space! I bet there were babes in their herd and who the heck can blame them for wanting to protect... they may also have witnessed what the evil side of mankind does to elephants.
Lynn, Cheryl and Sue thank you for all the pictures, videos and news of the Elephants. Love "Elephant Stuff".
Good news for a change..........
Signed the petition Mary, what an incredibly stupid thing to do to allow so many elephants to be killed.
thanks Lynn and Sue happy ones are rare
Thanks for all the lovely photos ladies. Baby eles are so darn cute. Barbara I'm with you also so tired all the time. Hope your ankle feels better soon Cheryl. Try to keep it raised all the time. I have to sit with my feet up otherwise my right foot swells up and walking is too painful. Difficult to say the least with a desktop computer. Here is another large article about Raju. Thought someone had already posted it, there are lots of pics and some short videos too.
Another petition for Nosey
Here is another very sad story, 60 years in chains..........
Here is what is being done to help those badly abused elephants.
Wanted to end on a happy note, here is the latest photo of Raju
Not so sure I like this baby's situation, but the video is lovely.
This baby elephant is so cute, reminds me that they evolved from mammoths. The little one is so hairy! You'll fall in love instantly.
I am so tired ladies, but Hi and waves, love, big hugs. I love all of you and your wonderful posts!!! Barb, Baby, Beenie
Lynn, that baby you posted above is so darn cute -- another one I want to run up and hug!
Thanks, Lynn. Another new thread!
I'm glad I got here tonight (it's cooled down from a hot day with a hotter one coming tomorrow).
I went back and signed some petitions - thanks Mary. I joined "The Herd" -- there are so many elephants out there who need to be rescued. I see you posted the thread on RAJU before I read it.
And Sue -- you posted those videos on RAJU... you're right, how did we miss him? But then, people have 'missed' seeing him for a very long time -- like decades. I cried too, watching the videos. This poor sweet boy! I honestly believe he did know he was being rescued. How good it is to see him standing free (such long legs!). He is so hugable... I just want to run up and hug him. This is one I just had to send a little donation to help with the court costs to bring that $#%&^ ex-owner to justice. It will set a precedent as to how elephants are to be cared for in India. We must keep track of RAJU.
Sue, on your comment re the rampages.... good thought about the hot tarmac and roads. Some of the videos I saw where there were rampages, the elephants were standing some time before it started. So it very well may be they were hot, tired, and their feet were burning. That would set me off! And that saved baby..... OMG..... so hard to see that baby laying there like that. Another rescue, thank God.
I am getting through threads slowly as I can't sit for long, but I WILL get there.
This is a baby born at the Oregon Zoo. I don't have the date. Look at those amazing eyes!
Signed all petitions, Mary and Sue. Noted all the articles and pictures, too. I want to thank all of you for posting so much in this very important thread. We have to pay more attention to the plight of these majestic giants and strive for zero abuse and poaching!!
Elephant Stuff #5 got a bit long, so here's #6 to share all of your great but sometimes sad, news about elephants.
Here is the link to thread #5 for those of you who didn't read through the whole thing....