The human side of man

Main image: Photograph of a white-tailed eagle. Wikipedia.

Philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter arranged to purchase all 32 of the former Ringling Bros. elephants and have them transported 200 miles from Central Florida to Yulee, outside Jacksonville. The Walters bought the 17,000-acre White Oak sanctuary in 2013, and have been expanding it since.

Watch the video on this link.

Of course these beautiful gentle giants should never have been put to work for the amusement of man in the first place.

Another story about ‘thieving’ elephants. Elephants in their natural habitat, like most birds and animals, roam to find food and water. They don’t know what thieving means. I hope that this herd will remain free, as they should be.

I remember years ago watching a particularly large herd of African elephants in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, having mud baths, and playing and frolicking in a river. They were such a joy to watch.

Once we were chased by a lone bull (male) elephant in musth for quite a distance. Fortunately we managed to escape.

‘Musth or must is a periodic condition in bull elephants characterized by highly aggressive behavior and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones. Testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be on average 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times’. Wikipedia.

One early morning drive as the sun was rising a lone elephant was having a sand bath, using its trunk to spray sand over its body, the sun in the background. And sometimes driving along in a vehicle, the elephants would be so close that you could almost touch them. Beautiful, beautiful creatures and such a privilege to watch in nature.

Another beautiful story, this time about eagles…

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