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

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


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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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London Zoo Was Opened This Day 189-Years Ago!

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I used to visit often. I love that zoo. I was last there in 1998 I think. IF I could visit one more time before I die that would be neat.

The ‘ZSL‘ is NOT, thankfully, a sponsorship deal. It has to do with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) which founded the zoo.

IF you visit London this should be a MUST.

Oldest zoo in the world!


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Poor Cincinnati Zoo Gorilla, ‘Harambe’, Could Have Been Tasered.

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A taser could have worked.

IF any of the bloody zookeepers were brave enough to get close enough.

That was the problem.

Sheer, Utter COWARDICE of the zookeepers.

If you can taser a moose you can taser a 400 pound gorilla.


Click here to read original from Alaska.gov.

This was from 2010. 6 years ago!

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There were other options.

Problem was that the pathetic zookeepers were too scared
to go into the enclosure to get close enough.

COWARDS.


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Cincinnati Zoo Keepers — Bunch Of Pathetic, Snivelling COWARDS!

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If I were a zoo keeper who worked with these great apes on a daily basis I would have gone inside that enclosure in an heatbeat to intervene in someway. Anybody who knows me would not doubt that. I would have gone in unarmed if there were no other options. IF a taser had been available I would have gone as close as was needed to use it.

Bloody Cowards.

All of them. Zoo Director Thane Maynard should resign, right now.

So why was a taser not used?


From Friday, May 25, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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This was beyond the bloody pale. A magnificent, INNOCENT silverback gorilla shot dead when there had to have been other options.

This is it. I have had it. The shootings of the lions in Chile was bad enough … BUT this in supposedly enlightened and civilized U.S. of A. I have had it. I am going to join the anti-zoo brigade, It is time we stop killing innocent animals, in zoos, for no fault of theirs.

Boycott bloody Cincinnati Zoo. This was inexcusable.


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Chile: Shooting Two INNOCENT Zoo Lions Because Of A Crazy Guy Is Indefensible!

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The lions did NO wrong. They should NOT have been shot.

This is why Chile will continue to be regarded as a country that is unenlightened. Last month a female zookeeper in Florida was killed by a tiger. The tiger was NOT put down.

This idiot jumped into the enclosure. He wanted to commit suicide. They should have shot him rather than the lions! That is what HE wanted … right? Don’t shoot innocent animals because humans are crazy. They don’t deserve to die. Let’s get this straight. This was not an accident. A man did NOT fall into the enclosure. Yes, IF it was an accident they would have been justified in using tranquilizer darts.

I hope that ALL the zoos around the world join in ostracizing this damn zoo in Santiago. They should not be given any other animals.

This really upset me.


From Friday, May 21, 2016 U.K. “Daily Mail“.

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“Polar Caves”, Rumney, New Hampshire — Quite The Place, A Ton Of Fun, August 2015.


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Yes, Monday was “York’s Wild Kingdom” and Thursday, August 20, 2015, was “Polar Caves“, Rumney, New Hampshire. These were the two ‘special’ day trips that Teischan got, in addition to going to the beach and Great Waters concerts, while Devanee is at Camp. ‘Polar Caves”, by far, was where she most wanted to go. She had gone there on a school field trip, a few months ago, and since then has been agitating to go back. Now we know why. It is fun. Neither of us, though we have driven past it many  a time, had been. So it was all new to us.

It was good. We were impressed. These are by no means the ‘Luray Caves‘. There are no stalactites and stalagmites (and remember it is the ‘tites’ — like tight — that always come down). One of the caves, the 2nd I think, had some ice. But these caves are more of an obstacle course than cathedral type ones with large open spaces. Yes, they were a bit tight — and I am not that big. But it was fun. Nice elevation too at the top — Raven’s Nest. Lots of tranquil places to walk and explore. Not crowded. Everybody very congenial and chilled out! No lines so to speak. Nobody trying to rush you, everybody being ultra-polite. Lots of kids. Fun place.

Panning for minerals is a big hit and Teischan had already had that planned. It was well worth the $13. As with York there was a deer petting zoo and they had pheasants, some of the same, as York. So a bit déjà vu. Teischan was very happy, and so were we. We were there for over 5.5 hours. Another nice day — not as hot as Monday.

Definitely recommend it. Prices are good too. I think entrance for the 3 of us, and I bought the tickets, online, with a 10% discount, the day before, was $39. Good value. They, unlike York, take credit cards everywhere. I guess that is because we were in New Hampshire as opposed to Maine.

Yes, fun, fun, fun. Glad we went. Teischan is taking all the credit, and she is right.




“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.



Philadelphia Zoo’s “Zooballoon” — The Best $12 You Can Spend In Philly: YouTube Video.

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We saw the balloon, in the distance, while waiting at the “Museum of Art” to get on the ‘PHLASH‘ bus shuttle to get to the Philadelphia Zoo. Did NOT realize that it was a public, tethered helium balloon ride till we got to the zoo. Affordable at that — and surprisingly (especially given the price), NO LINE. You don’t even have to buy an entrance ticket to the zoo — since the balloon is outside off the entrance. Learned all of this, from a very helpful zoo employee, as soon as we got there. Rushed over. Best $12 you can spend in Philly.

It goes up 400′. The whole ride is about 15 minutes. Very smooth. Wonderful. Great views. Loved it. Kids were a tad nervous, since it was something new, but enjoyed it. Another experience.

Great zoo. We had fun. We, the two girls and I, were in Philly to pick up our Jaguar.


Running Up Philadelphia’s “Rocky Steps” Is No Big Deal. A Walk In The Park

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Click to see fleeting 27-second YouTube video of I running up the Rocky Steps, to start off with Teischan. Devanee opted to shoot the video than race me up the steps.


This, like seeing the Orangutan with a plastic bin over his head at the Philadelphia Zoo, took place on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Teischan, Devanee and I had arrived in Philadelphia late the night before so that we could pick-up our burgundy red Jaguar XJ8 on Monday. We were at the Museum on the way back from the Zoo. Racing the kids up stairs and steps, à la “Rocky Steps“, has been a fun and contentious 20 year pastime. None of the 4 kids have yet been able to beat their old man (though Danielle’s ex-marine boyfriend did do so). Devanee, last year, nearly as tall as Dad, got close — within 1 step. I know that my days are numbered. I am getting older, the knees yet again are getting wobbly and Devanee and Teischan are getting bigger and fitter.

This was fun. It is NOT hard. Piece of cake. But as Devanee loved to point out after each such race: “It is not fair. You run, each day, up a ‘frikking’ mountain, with 6 pounds of weights on your wrist”. I always point out that nobody is stopping her from running up the same hill wearing 6 pounds of wrist weights.

Pope Francis will be conducting his Mass, in September, from the top of these very steps. I doubt whether he will climb them. But he is older than me and is half a lung worse off.

Fun place. I liked Philly. Been there ‘tons’ of times from 1985 to 2000 — BUT always for business or to do a seminar. Never did the tourist stuff. Kind of strange. The person that I have been to Philly most was Don ‘Gomer’ Pyle — and now he is dead.