For love of learning … and elephants.

I am sure this little one seen in my neighbourhood will graduate with a magna cum laude in English 🙂

Unlike Jithin’s MM Challenge #44 education poster, This school does not promise to make a genius in two days.  I guess that would be a gargantuan task.  Or would it ?  Elephants have astounding memory.

You can’t help but smile when you see these gentle giants.  But these majestic animals – the largest living creature on land should not be chained but left free to roam where he will on the plains or in the forests and jungles.

Sadly man is not only encroaching on their territory but also slaughtering them for their ivory.

I pray the elephants will not be driven to extinction by man’s insatiable greed. Thankfully, the world is waking up, albeit slowly.

Just last week, Sri Lanka became the 16th country to burn a huge cache of ivory, whilst apologising to the elephants.

“We have to apologize,” said the Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thero, the Buddhist priest who will lead the service. “Those elephants were victimized by the cruelty of certain people. But all of human society is responsible. We destroyed those innocent lives to take those tusks. We have to ask for pardon from them.”

“One Country Will Destroy Its Ivory—and Pray for Elephants” 

Picture of Sri Lankan customs officials inspecting seized ivory

Can you imagine how many animals were killed to generate this haul of tusk!!!

 PHOTOGRAPH BY STRDEL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Let us do our part by not using ivory in any shape or form – whether as ornaments, or trinkets, or any other way-and spreading the word to save these awesome animals from extinction.

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10 thoughts on “For love of learning … and elephants.

    • Yes it is sad. I’ve been thinking about them after posting this. Romany (my sister) suggested I post a video of two little ones frolicking in a basin of water at Pinnawala – an elephant orphanage. They seem happy enough there . but I wonder whether they will be better off in the wild – or whether they would have lost their survival instincts after they were rescued?

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  1. OMG he seems happy to go to school ! Maybe he has to learn English so he can understand the tourists! On a personal note i love these fellas – can watch them and their antics for hours. You must share the one of the two babies frolicking in the basin of water – though it may not be relevant to your blog.

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  2. I like the picture you posted for this week. This is funny. How did you find it?!!
    And whatever you said about the hunting of elephants for their tusks, is true.Thought provoking post for sure.

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    • This was taken about 1 1/2 km from our home. There’s a temple nearby and the little one was being taken somewhere … not for the classes LOL 🙂 but it was an opportune click. He turned away the next second.
      And I am so happy that our government destroyed the tusks without getting greedy for the money. It was confiscated off a passing vessel.

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