Funny Elephant Stories
Elephant StoriesHere is Will and Guy's collection of elephant tales, reports and amusing stories.
- Marvellous and True Elephant Dentist Story
- Elephant's Nest - True Story or Hoax?
- The Funny Story of Elephant Painting
- Elephants Check into Hotel
- Baby Pink Elephant Story
- The Blind Men and the Elephant Story
- Interesting Elephant Facts
Elephants Check Into Hotel - Will and Guy Have the ReportIt 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.'
Another Elephant Guest What did the hotel manager say to the elephant that couldn't pay his bill? 'Pack your trunk and clear out.'
Elephants Story - Road Block in Sri LankaThe 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 BootsTwo 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 CareMocha, 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. It was six men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind The First approached the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall!" The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried, "Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!" The Third approached the animal, And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, Thus boldly up and spake: "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant Is very like a snake!" The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee. "What most this wondrous beast is like Is mighty plain," quoth he; " 'Tis clear enough the Elephant Is very like a tree!" The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said: "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can This marvel of an Elephant Is very like a fan!" The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Than, seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant Is very like a rope!" And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong! Moral of The Elephant Story So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen!
- A group of elephants can be called a 'memory of elephants', although a herd is a more common collective noun. On a related theme, elephants follow cattle in that the females, males and offspring are called, cows, bulls and calves respectively.
- The elephant's memory is legendary, what is not so well known is they have a special ceremony for greeting a long lost member of the herd. In this greeting ceremony both elephants flap their ears, trumpet and generally express joy.
- It would be easy to be fooled into thinking that elephants drank through their trunks; in fact they use the trunk as a funnel to collect water, but then pour it into their mouth. Sometimes elephants choose to spray themselves with the water rather than drinking it. Incidentally, there are no bones in an elephant's trunk.
- An elephant detective could track an elephant by following their individual footprints. What would help such stalking is the elephant's habit of using the same paths as their ancestors.
- Elephants display 'right-handedness', not in their limbs, but in the tusks. Close examination of an elephant's tusks will reveal that one tusk has a blunter tip and is thicker than its less favoured counterpart. The reason for this difference is that in their natural habitat elephants use their tusk(s) for gathering food, and digging for water. Consequently the tusk on their favourite becomes more developed, but blunter.
- Elephant's ivory poses a terrible dilemma, it's a wonderful and versatile material, but the fact that tusks are so valuable encourages poaching. It seems particularly obscene to think of such a noble, sensitive, joyous animal suffering at the hands of barbaric poachers. All that Will and Guy can do about it is not to buy anything made of ivory.
- The gestation period of mammals is in proportion to their size. Thus, pregnancy in mice lasts about 21 days, whereas in elephants it takes over 21 months.
- March 13th is National Thai Elephant Day. While September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day.