Elephants have always interested us. Perhaps it is their size, or just their looks in general.
Long trunks and wagging tails in a body that weighs tons.
Both their stories and their sightings have taken place in many aspect of our lives.
I remember reading The Story of Babar, when I was in elementary school. I fell in love
with him, and the other characters immediately. He first appeared in a French children’s book,
and in 1931 and then in 1933 was introduced to Britain and the United States. An elephant character
that is still around today.
Elephants are creatures of habit, as shown in the movie Elephant Walk. As a child I was horrified
when they took back their historical trail. As an adult it’s obvious that it was a mistake for someone
to build and live on a path that belonged to them. They could only keep them back for so long.
My favorite amusement park contained a garbage bin shaped like an elephant. You would put your
wrappers and empty drink containers in the elephant’s mouth. As children we pretended that we
were feeding the elephant.
Of course, the local zoo is a regular place to checkout the elephants. Along with the other residents
there. I especially love it when there is a baby one to view.
Last but not least is the circus. Back in 1882 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Baily Circus bought
Jumbo the elephant from the London Zoo where he had lived for 16 years. Needless to say the
British people were upset, but the American people were delighted.
After many years and much controversy, any elephants with the circus will be retired by 2018.
No more elephants with the circus will seem strange, but then again it is understandable. The times
change, and we can adjust.
By the way, an average elephant that is roaming free will walk 30 miles on a daily basis. Now that
sounds like some true exercise.
The ivory greed is another elephant story. Of course, for another day.
“Elephants for sure-
A huge precious warm blooded creature.”