Funny Elephant Stories
Here is Will and Guy's collection of elephant tales, reports and amusing stories.
Devidasan, a 27-year-old bull elephant from the state of Kerala in India has had his toothache removed much to his relief Will and Guy have learned.
Dentists say they have successfully repaired a working elephant's cracked tusk in the first operation of its kind. They performed the procedure on Devidasa by filling the 50cm (19.6in) long, 4cm (1.5in) deep crack with 47 tubes of a special resin.
Amazingly, it appears that Devidasan was not tranquilised during the two-and-a-half-hour operation and he was totally cooperative throughout the procedure.
'It was literally an elephantine task, because we had to find specialist equipment and modify it,' Dr Pradeep told us. Dr Pradeep, a professor at the PSM dental college in the town of Trichur, said that if the crack remained untreated dirt would have gathered inside it and potentially caused a deadly infection.
Devidasan's owner was eager to get the operation carried out because the crack in the tusk meant that the animal could not be used in Hindu festivals.
Now Devidasan has made a full recovery he has already made his comeback in temple festivals throughout Kerala state.
Photos: Bronek Kaminski
Logic says that elephants just don't nest in trees. Close inspection reveals that the 'Elephant's nest' is some way off the ground, thus the elephant could not have just sat on bundle of sticks just off the ground.
When we magnified the picture it looks as though the tree is in sharp focus, but the elephant is slightly blurred. Could it be that someone transposed a clear jpeg file of an elephant over another image of a very large nest?
However, when all is said and done, it would make a great picture to go with a pub called: 'The Elephant's Nest'
Firstly, Five is an unusual name, especially for an African Elephant. Secondly Five has come up with an unusual use for her trunk - she uses it to paint!
With help from her keeper, Five has painted more than 50 works of art. Painting experts even think that her unique contemporary style is worthy of an exhibition exhibition. Even better, her masterpieces are in demand and you could buy one at the West Midland Safari Park in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
Back to that strange name, Five was one of three African Elephants that were brought to England from an elephant orphanage in South Africa - when she was five years old. That was back in 1998, thus she is 14 going on 15 in 2007. Elephant ages and maturity are not unlike humans, thus Five would now be considered a teenager in the elephant world.
Elephants Check Into Hotel - Will and Guy Have the Report
It is not every day that guests in a hotel would expect to share the foyer with an elephant, or even a herd of elephants. However, Will and Guy have learned that in the Mfuwe Lodge in the 9,500 sq km South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, it is a common occurrence. The herd, numbering ten, is led to the lodge each day by the matriarch, Wonky Tusk.
The hotel was unwittingly built on the route to the herd's favourite mango trees and the elephants have seen no reason to change the path trodden by generations before them.
Andy Hogg, 44, director at Mfuwe Lodge, said the herd appears every November as the mangoes ripen, 'This is a totally natural phenomenon, the elephants come here of their own accord and it is certainly a rare but magnificent sight.'
What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn't pay his bill?
'Pack your trunk and clear out.'
If a friend tells you they are "seeing pink elephants", then this is serious. What it means is they are suffering delirium tremens. The condition and the accompanying hallucinations are caused by alcohol poisoning.
However, this cameraman, Mike Holding, had definitely not been drinking when he captured these photos of a pink elephant in northern Botswana, Africa. Experts believe it is probably an albino, which is an extremely rare phenomenon in African elephants. While albinism is thought to be fairly common in Asian elephants, it is much less common in the larger African species.
Here we see the baby pink elephant attempting to shelter under its mother because surviving is very difficult in the harsh African bush as the glaring sun may cause blindness and skin problems.
Rare baby pink elephant, incidentally, his brother looks like dumbo!
Elephants Story - Road Block in Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Daily News has informed Will and Guy that a herd of wild elephants blocked the access road for voters heading to vote in polling booths in Wellaveli, eastern Sri Lanka. Security forces had to use loud hailers to drive away the wild elephants after the villagers, in Wellaveli, complained that they were unable to vote. The police and army were able to draw away the herd after a few hours and said the roads have now apparently been cleared.
Elephants Get Their Boots
Two Asian elephants been fitted with breathable waterproof boots to relieve chronic foot lesions. Keepers a the at Singapore zoo tried acupuncture and compresses, but the were not as effective as the boots. Vets fitted the female elephants Jamilah and Tun with the special boots. Tun, 20, has one front leg longer than the other. Her problems started when a male elephant mounted her and caused her to buckle.
More Elephant Care
Mocha, a female Indian elephant, lost her right front leg when she stood on a landmine on the Thai-Myanmar border. Mocha was severely injured and might have had to be put down.
Experts at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in northern Thailand's Lampang province have come to her aid and manufactured and fitted a false leg.
The artificial limb is made from canvas the vets are hoping she can soon be set safely free on her own four feet again. Will and Guy hope that when she is released Mocha will have a full and happy life, safe from poachers.
American poet John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887) based this poem on a fable that has been told in India for countless generations. It is a parable explaining how our senses can lead to serious misinterpretations.
It was six men of Indostan
The First approached the Elephant,
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
The Third approached the animal,
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Can tell what this resembles most;
And so these men of Indostan
Moral of The Elephant Story
So oft in theologic wars,
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