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April 29, 2014

Do Elephants Have Souls?


We opened the gate and let them in together....
they are as one bonded physically together. One moves, and the other shows in unison. It is a miracle and joy to behold. All day ... they moved side by side and when Jenny lay down, Shirley straddled her in the most obvious protective manner and shaded her body from the sun and harm. They were inseparable until Jenny died a few years later.
- - The New Atlantis

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 29, 2014 10:37 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Great story Gerard. Obviously the breed we normally deal with in D.C. are a totally different breed, since we all know they have no souls.

A touching story that I saw a few years ago, regarding "they never forget".


Posted by: Geo at April 29, 2014 1:19 PM

For a really enjoyable look at elephants in particular, Lawrence Anthony is da man.


The publishers titled one of his books "The Elephant Whisperer". The guy himself is way more down to earth, but a life around elephants left him firmly convinced that there's a serious "there" there. After reading his stories, it's hard to argue.

Anthony is also the wild man who picked up and traveled to Iraq, of his own accord, right after Saddam's regime fell (but long before the main fighting stopped). Why? To save the animals in the Baghdad Zoo. He went right into the middle of the war zone - and was mostly successful.

Unsatisfied with the wheelbarrow now needed to carry around his balls, he goes the the DR Congo, to meet the freakin' Lord's Resistance Army. Why? To convince them to act as game wardens in their territories, and shoot rhino poachers.

His demonstrated affinity with animals so impressed this notoriously bloodthirsty band that he actually got them to agree.


Posted by: Joe Katzman at April 29, 2014 1:43 PM

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