Sunday, August 28, 2005

The tour guide told us about this elephant

A Thai elephant injured by a land mine six years ago is being fitted with a prosthetic foot.

When I was at the Hill Tribe village where we spent the first night, I jointed a large tour group whose guide seemed hell-bent on making the trip as depressing as possible, telling us many heartbreaking stories about miserable elephants. The first he told us about was this one.

He did lighten up later, though, and tired to tell us some local legends. But his English wasn't very good so all I really got out of it was that some hunter was befriended by a female spirit from a banana tree, and the whole story had something to do with why wolves howl.


At 5:31 PM, Anonymous Sasha said...

That poor elephant! I hope the prosthetic foot works out okay for him!

Somewhat off topic, but i hope people are taking their animals with them when they are leaving New Orleans. I feel so bad for all of the stray animals that will be left alone to die.

At 9:02 PM, Blogger GrannyGrump said...

There are rescue organizations that focus on the animals. It's not just the decent thing to do for the animals, but it's also a mercy for the people who've had to evacuate and maybe couldn't bring their pets with them.


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