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The ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ In Tennessee, Currently With 10 Elephants — Closed To The Public But With ‘Webcams’ Called ‘Elecams’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Sanctuary’s Website at ‘elephants.com’ (which is a way cool domain name).


Click to ENLARGE and read this snippet here. Use link above to access original.


The Webcam, i.e., Elecam, page. Use link at top to access. By the time I got around to doing this it was close to 9pm (Eastern) and I assume the elephants had gone to bed in that I couldn’t see any activity.


Deanna send me a link to this ‘Elephant Sanctuary‘ this morning and asked me to do a blog post and stress that they have Elicams.

I think I had heard about this sanctuary before, BUT I am more than happy to publicize it since I deeply care about the welfare of all elephants — coming from Ceylon where we have both wild and domesticated elephants, some as pets for the landed wealthy.

Appears it was founded 22-years ago, in its current location, albeit with 1/12th the land, by Carol Buckley and Scott Blais to provide a safe and comfortable refuge for one ex=performing elephant. They have grown since then and have had up to 27 elephants at one time — all of them former circus or zoo elephants. This is great. Unlike in Sri Lanka, where we also have a famous elephant sanctuary, they don’t have to worry about taking care of orphaned baby elephants.

I do get this Tennesse confused with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey ‘Center for Elephant Conservation‘ (CEC) for their retired elephants.

The link to this site, http://www.ringlingelephantcenter.com, is NO LONGER working!

I went looking for this site just now and was chagrined to find that the link no longer works! That does not make me happy. I, of course, Googled. Can’t find anything that says it has closed. Maybe they took down the link to avoid cyber and possibly in person harassment by those that have gone after the circus for so long about their elephants. I will have to keep an eye on this.


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by Anura Guruge

India’s Zuckerberg Shoving Prime Minister, Modi — A Canon or Nikon User?

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by Anura Guruge


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Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, pushing aside Mark Zuckerberg, at Facebook headquarters, so that photographers would be able to better capture his grey bearded, ‘Pirate of the Arabian Sea’ visage, deservedly got a lot of media publicity.

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Canon 7D — side view.

But this, by no means, is the only time that the media has caught Modi trying to be the most photogenic subject in the frame. Moreover he is reputed to be quite an avid photographer himself — and that is what intrigues me. I have found two pictures of him with a fairly expensive looking DSLR glued to his face. But I can’t make out the make of it. Yes, I Googled. The consensus is that he uses a ‘near Pro-level’ (albeit APS-C sensor size) Canon 7D (Mk I or Mk II) — though, of course, it is possible that a man of his stature probably could have multiple ‘high-end’ cameras. I am curious. It would be a hell of a marketing coup for any camera maker — having Modi, the leader of the World’s largest democracy being a fan and user. So, IF you know, please let us know.

So here are two pictures, from this GREAT ‘Huffington Post’ article, of Modi the photographer.

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And another, from the same article — this time Modi, at a resort, taking some pictures, as he should.

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Click to ENLARGE and enjoy here. From the ‘Huff Post’ article referenced (and linked) above.


And of ALL the pictures of Modi looking at the camera
ignoring ALL around him,

this, for multiple reasons, is MY favorite.

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Click to ENLARGE and have a nice chuckle. From the same article as above. You do KNOW that I am originally from Sri Lanka — though I left in 1967 (aged 13.9999 years).


Leopard, In India, With Head Stuck In Pot Is OK — Rescued After 6 Hours.

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by Anura Guruge


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In case you didn’t see the video.
This is but one version. Google or YouTube for others.

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Click to access YouTube video.


IF you, like I, was perturbed that the Indians didn’t do anything — GOOD NEWS.

The leopard was tranquilized, by game wardens, the pot removed and it was permitted to go.

Why the Indians acted like a bunch of 5th grade school girls is another matter. They could have roped it and got that pot off. But at least it all ended well.

But 6 hours?

6 hours … for that poor, petrified leopard. I wouldn’t be surprised if it now turns into a maneater — though leopards rarely if ever do that.


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Click to access ABC News coverage.