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San Diego Zoo, Elephant Close-Call With 2-Year Old & Brain-Dead Father — It Was An African Elephant.

by Anura Guruge

What puzzles me most is how he managed to get into the enclosure. Two things here. I would have thought that the zoo would have had enough barriers to keep a person way. Plus, I would have thought that at least one ‘zoo keeper‘ would always be within striking distance of this enclosure. It is not as if they would not have enough to do.

In the YouTube videos you can see images of the brain-dead dad. He looks drugged & I detect some ‘Asian’ in him. Obviously he was NOT thinking straight — BUT then again I used to go & pet a wild, fully-grown Bengal tiger at an open air zoo in England! But, in my case I was only putting MY ARM at risk — & I had spent days building up a ‘rapport’ with that tiger.

However, what struck me the MOST was that it was an African elephant, most likely a bull at that. How can you tell? The ears. Yes, African elephants, bull or cow, are markedly more aggressive than Indian elephants.

Watching the videos I learnt that they had both African & Indian (also called ‘Asian’) elephants in the enclosure. I find it interesting that none of the other elephants came to see what was going on. They tend to be curious animals.

I am by no means an expert, but having grown up in Ceylon I know a bit about Indian elephants — given the nearly daily exposure we would have to domesticated one. I like elephants. But, I am partial to Indian elephants. To I, they are better looking & have far better temperaments.

Bottom line here. Do not try to break into elephant enclosures — full stop. Exposing a 2-year old to an elephant you do NOT know is beyond stupid. Yes, in Ceylon, with a domesticated elephant that I already knew, I would have no compunction about offering a 2-year old baby for them to pet! Yes, they will PET a baby with their trunk with GREAT AFFECTION. They are BIG cuddly puppies! Very loyal & affectionate. SMILE. But, I did STRESS domesticated — & Indian.

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by Anura Guruge


Remarkable & RARE Elephant Rescue At Sea By The Sri Lankan Navy.

by Anura Guruge

Click here for the original from the U.K. Guardian.

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Where this took place.

Northeast Sri Lanka north of ‘Trinco‘.

Pretty incredible, very suave and at the same time SO Sri Lankan!

I have told you multiple time, the most recent just 6-days ago, about the special relationship that Sri Lankans have with elephants, whether wild or domesticated.

This elephant, a WILD one from the jungles in that part of the country, was found 10 miles from shore! They think it was swept out, accidentally, by a strong current. Wow. I have never heard of elephants needing to be rescued from the sea. Has got me thinking. This one was, serendipitously, spotted. Does this mean we lose elephants at sea! That is NO joke. That would be such a waste. IF I had any sway in Sri Lanka I would urge the relevant officials to try and determine whether this was a freak or not.

That they spend 12 hours bringing it back close to shore is CLASSIC Sri Lankan. We are into low-tech and trial-and-error. Notice there was no attempt to put some sort of large floatation collar around the elephant. They must have some in Sri Lanka for salvage and rescue purposes. Just using ropes to pull an elephant weighing a few tons seems cruel. But, they saved his life — we think.

Well done. Hats off.

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by Anura Guruge

Us From Sri Lanka Sure Have A way With Elephants — Domesticated Or Wild.

by Anura Guruge


Click to watch YouTube video. She is talking in Sinhalese and you can hear quite a few adults behind her.

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original
from June 10, 2016.

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To be honest this did not disturb or surprise me. We, Sri Lankans, have a way with elephants. Not sure what the situation is like now but when I was growing up in Ceylon (before the name got changed) elephants were not strangers to us. We would see and interact with domesticated elephants, especially at Buddhist temples, on a fairly regular basis and I, thanks to all the travelling we did, year around, had seen wild elephants.

Not 100% sure about this incident. Seems slightly staged. Lot of adults standing behind her and there is no true indication that this was a wild elephant per se. A very well paved road (though you can come across elephants in Sri Lanka in many areas). Elephants are NOT killers. Why would they attack a human if they didn’t have to? The little girl is obviously not a threat.

This is cool. This is Ceylon.


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by Anura Guruge

Ringling Brothers Circus To Do Way With Elephants, All Together, 18 Months Ahead Of Schedule!

by Anura Guruge

Click here to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.



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The original plan, as I had reported in March 2015, was to end the elephant acts by 2018. They have, bowing to increasing public pressure (some of it untoward in my (informed) opinion), decided to expedite the phase-out by quite a bit — by at least 18 months.

As I talked about in the March post I have mixed feelings about elephants performing in circuses, especially Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. I would rather see elephants perform than big cats. Having grown up in Ceylon, where elephants are domesticated, I know that elephants, in time, become like good dogs. They are happy to please and doing a few tricks, just like a dog, is no big deal. But, I have seen the documentaries, in particular, ‘An Apology to Elephants‘. So Ringling Brothers are doing the right thing. I am still a tad sad. I am 62 years old and have seen elephant shows all my life. Now, I guess, I will have to go to Sri Lanka, Thailand or India to see performing/working elephants.

Published on Oct 5, 2015 Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “Legends”, at the Verizon Arena, Manchester, NH, Sunday, October 4, 2015 — 4pm show. The elephant act in its entirety. Video shot by Deanna using her Olympus camera.

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by Anura Guruge