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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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Famous Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk Killed In An Incident Involving His Temple’s Ceremonial Elephant.

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From Australian “Channel NewsAsia”.

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From the Sri Lanka “The Sunday Times”. Denial of the attack by elephant has begun …

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From the Sri Lanka “Daily Mirror”. Denial in full swing.

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Some of the larger of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temples keep one or more ceremonial elephants — typically used in ‘peraheras‘ (i.e., parades) — on site. They serve as a draw — those coming to the tempe like to go and see the elephants. It is like having a zoo within the temple.

That a very senior and distinguished monk, a head monk at that, dying as a result of an accident with a temple elephant is not good PR.

While at least one report claims that the priest was pushed to the grounds — the official line is that the priest had an accident while feeding the elephant. C’est la vie. I think the truth is somewhere in between. Elephants, especially tame ones, are usually very gentle. Unlikely to push an elderly man, a familiar one at that, that violently. But, we will never know. ‘Nit cricket’ for the truth to come out in a situation like this.


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Another Dramatic Sri Lankan Elephant Rescue — This Time From An Agricultural Well.

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This is the 3rd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 5 months!

Yes, we have a lot of elephants and water ….
But …. Hhhmmm.

At least this time they didn’t use firecrackers to frighten the ‘poor’ pachyderm!


As I have already stated in prior posts, we Sri Lankans have a special relationship with elephants.

So we will go to great lengths to save an elephant, PLUS elephants are valuable and precious commodities whether domesticated or wild.

I am proud. We did good again.


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Sri Lankan’s Use Fireworks To Rescue Elephant That Fell Into A Canal!

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Few things of note here.

We Sri Lankans, as I have mentioned here often, have a special relationship with elephants. That has to be the first thing to take away from this story.

The second thing to take away is that we are very fond of fireworks and will find any excuse to use them.

Third, while we are noted for, and taking pride in, our sloth, we can be very resourceful.

This story captures all of that in one neat package.


This is the 2nd dramatic elephant rescue
by Sri Lankans in the last 4 months!


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“York’s Wild Kingdom”, Maine — Largest Zoo Hereabouts — August 2015.

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There was about 3 or 4 years in a row, starting c. 2007, when we used to go to “York’s Wild Kingdom” on an annual basis, usually on my birthday and at least once treating a bunch of local kids from Alton (NH) to a day at the zoo. Then other things like Whale Watches and Acadia entered the picture. Though she has been multiple times, and we have iconic pictures to prove it, Teischan couldn’t remember ever going to “York Zoo”. When Devanee is at Camp Teischan gets to go on two trips of her choosing to compensate. I rattled off a list of possibilities and one she picked was the zoo in Maine. So on Monday, August 17, 2015 we left early and got there sharp at 10 am just as they opened the gates.

It was a hot day and we knew that in advance. We were, however, surprised that it wasn’t packed. It was moderately busy but you could tell that it wasn’t crowded. That was good. Other than the ferris wheel with its cumbersome loading routine there was hardly any lines for anything. It was good in that respect. The heat, and I think it got up to 90°F at some point, also meant that the ‘Duck Pond’ — with its famous paddle boats — had a pungent “eau de duck poop” smell, but that was to be expected.

Exactly 3 months earlier I had taken Teischan to the Philadelphia Zoo. York’s Wild Kingdom is NOT Philadelphia Zoo.

The York Zoo is quaint and cute with its petting deer and the amusement park, but it is also old, dated and in someways very infuriating. Yes, it is very Maine and Downeast. None of the food places take credit cards. That is crazy. It has to be to avoid taxes! Places that don’t take credit cards when they should drive me nuts.

As a zoo it is a funny ol’ mixture. It has lions and two tigers and a fair smattering of other animals. The old elephant that used to be there a few years ago is gone. The enclosures are from the 1950s. Definitely not a modern zoo. That bothers me. BUT IT IS GOOD FOR KIDS. They love the petting zoo parts — goats, deer, sheep …

The rides are old and limited. The Ferris Wheel is an antique and they have to balance the weight of the riders which can be quite amusing in Maine. Teischan and I got called up ahead because they needed some ‘non-heavy’ riders. Funny.

It was OK. The heat didn’t help. But Teischan had fun. I tried the baseball batting cage — a first for me. It was interesting. I connected about 50% of the time. Took a load of pictures. I will try and share as we go along.



Elephant Eating Cell Phone (iPhone) & Then Passing It Out, Unharmed! From LiveLeak.com.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access very funny video from 'liveleak.com'.

Click to access very funny video from ‘liveleak.com’.


This is funny and I can sure see an elephant doing that.

But, I am skeptical as to the phone coming out, working — unless the iPhone, and I have never owned one, is more, amazingly, watertight than other phones. There is a fair amount of bacterial action that takes place inside an elephants gut. Here is a link. I would have to think that some amount of moisture would get into the phone. Growing up in Ceylon, where we do have wild elephants, I knew of bleached wood apples that had been processed by elephants, i.e., elephants eat wood apples, which have a hard (though porous) shell (hence the name) whole … and then a few days later pass them out, intact, bleached and with nothing inside. The digestive system ‘sucks out’ the nutritional innards through the porous shell. Here is a link. We would pick up these wood apples. So, I know that this does happen — first hand.

I got this video from my friend, train expert, Mike Tisdale. He, having visited Sri Lanka, knows quite a few other Sri Lankans. So, I have asked him to get this verified.

But, in the meantime, enjoy the video. I think this was probably in Thailand.

Ringling Brothers Circus Elephant Hurt In Drive-By Shooting!

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When we first heard about this, this morning on CNN, we thought the elephant had died. Suffice to say we were beyond livid. So glad to read that the elephant was not hurt badly.

This is so sad and stupid. It is because of incidents like this that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey deprived us last year of the much anticipated elephant parade through Manchester. They are just worried that some crazy person will do something really stupid — like shoot at an elephant.

Ironically, just last night we started watching the 2011 movie ‘Water for Elephants‘. Deanna had read the book and loved it. We stopped just at the point when the female elephant had been abused.