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smartanimals:

An Asian elephant male named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that others who know the language can understand, a Current Biology study determined.
The elephant’s vocabulary at present consists of at least five words: annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down), and choah (good). Given that elephants have a trunk instead of lips, it’s no small feat that Koshik can speak Korean.
"Some of the words were commands that Koshik learned to perform, such as ‘lie down’ and ‘sit down,’ or were given as feedback, and we have every reason to believe he understands the meaning of these words," co-author Tecumseh Fitch, a professor of cognitive biology at the University of Vienna, told Discovery News.

smartanimals:

An Asian elephant male named Koshik can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that others who know the language can understand, a Current Biology study determined.

The elephant’s vocabulary at present consists of at least five words: annyong (hello), anja (sit down), aniya (no), nuo (lie down), and choah (good). Given that elephants have a trunk instead of lips, it’s no small feat that Koshik can speak Korean.

"Some of the words were commands that Koshik learned to perform, such as ‘lie down’ and ‘sit down,’ or were given as feedback, and we have every reason to believe he understands the meaning of these words," co-author Tecumseh Fitch, a professor of cognitive biology at the University of Vienna, told Discovery News.

(Source: news.discovery.com, via meettheelephants)

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peace-love-insanity:

earthsoldiers:

humanelongisland:

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the tortures they go through to “learn” all those “tricks” is absolutely terrifying and inhumane. Please do boycott circuses that use animals! :(

It really is disgusting.

peace-love-insanity:

earthsoldiers:

humanelongisland:

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the tortures they go through to “learn” all those “tricks” is absolutely terrifying and inhumane. Please do boycott circuses that use animals! :(

It really is disgusting.

(via meettheelephants)

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simply-sucre:

Elephant on We Heart It.
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(Source: basteteyes, via shynotherhino)

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Bags/purses at The Bull’s Head Bookstore at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 15 September 2014.

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love-all-the-things:

Sunrise by ethe
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innerbohemienne:

African Heart : Sunrise on Kilimanjaro from Amboseli, Kenya ~ photographer Marina Cano

innerbohemienne:

African Heart : Sunrise on Kilimanjaro from Amboseli, Kenya ~ photographer Marina Cano

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zoo-packys:

This is an illustration from the book Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. If the packy looks sad, it’s because she misses working at the circus & feels like she needs to do something to earn her keep at the zoo.
Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

zoo-packys:

This is an illustration from the book Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. If the packy looks sad, it’s because she misses working at the circus & feels like she needs to do something to earn her keep at the zoo.

Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

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zoo-packys:

Here’s an illustration from Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. In this picture, Eleanor is fascinated by this young artist’s work, & this helps to motivate her later on in the story. By the way, the girl reminds me of Hirokouji from the Studio Ghibli film From Up On Poppy Hill.
Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

zoo-packys:

Here’s an illustration from Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. In this picture, Eleanor is fascinated by this young artist’s work, & this helps to motivate her later on in the story. By the way, the girl reminds me of Hirokouji from the Studio Ghibli film From Up On Poppy Hill.

Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

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zoo-packys:

Here’s the final illustration from the book Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. After teaching herself how to draw, Eleanor decides to use this talent to earn her keep at the zoo, & this makes her feel happy again! I love seeing packys draw pictures, as they can do this in real life! Eleanor is an influence on a future character for a book I intend to write.
Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

zoo-packys:

Here’s the final illustration from the book Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet. After teaching herself how to draw, Eleanor decides to use this talent to earn her keep at the zoo, & this makes her feel happy again! I love seeing packys draw pictures, as they can do this in real life! Eleanor is an influence on a future character for a book I intend to write.

Picture scanned from my copy of the original book.

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Video is on this page. I feel so helpless, and sad. — WildEles
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Fatigued elephant collapses on street (VIDEO)
By Coconuts Bangkok September 10, 2014 / 12:50 ICT


A small elephant collapsed in the street at Krathumban Market west of Bangkok after the owner reportedly forced it to walk through the market as he collected money for people to feed it.
The video of the stricken elephant, captioned “Tired elephant forced to walk,” was uploaded to Facebook last night and upset many unhappy with how the elephant was treated.
“It could not stand anymore,” the user who took the video said. “When the mahout saw me take photos, he forced it to get up and leave, so I took a video.”
Meanwhile, others have condemned the shop owner at the market who ordered the mahout to move the elephant instead of helping it.
"Dear elephant owner, please take your elephant out of the market,” someone announces in the video. “You’re blocking the shop front."
Chollada Sawala, secretary of Friend of The Asian Elephant Foundation, said this morning that many people submitted the video to the organization, but there’s nothing it can do as there are no laws protecting the welfare of animals.
At most, the mahout could be gently fined THB1,000 for animal cruelty, and/or face a one-month jail term, according to Morning News.
Bangkok and Rayong are the only two provinces in the country which forbid mahouts to take elephants into the streets, Chollada added.
Image (c). Degree Bangbang, 2014, All Rights Reserved.
[Source: Coconuts Bangkok.]

Video is on this page. I feel so helpless, and sad. — WildEles

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Fatigued elephant collapses on street (VIDEO)

By Coconuts Bangkok September 10, 2014 / 12:50 ICT

A small elephant collapsed in the street at Krathumban Market west of Bangkok after the owner reportedly forced it to walk through the market as he collected money for people to feed it.

The video of the stricken elephant, captioned “Tired elephant forced to walk,” was uploaded to Facebook last night and upset many unhappy with how the elephant was treated.

“It could not stand anymore,” the user who took the video said. “When the mahout saw me take photos, he forced it to get up and leave, so I took a video.”

Meanwhile, others have condemned the shop owner at the market who ordered the mahout to move the elephant instead of helping it.

"Dear elephant owner, please take your elephant out of the market,” someone announces in the video. “You’re blocking the shop front."

Chollada Sawala, secretary of Friend of The Asian Elephant Foundation, said this morning that many people submitted the video to the organization, but there’s nothing it can do as there are no laws protecting the welfare of animals.

At most, the mahout could be gently fined THB1,000 for animal cruelty, and/or face a one-month jail term, according to Morning News.

Bangkok and Rayong are the only two provinces in the country which forbid mahouts to take elephants into the streets, Chollada added.

Image (c). Degree Bangbang, 2014, All Rights Reserved.

[Source: Coconuts Bangkok.]

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Elephant greeting card for a new baby boy by Quire Publishing. Found at The Fresh Market, Chapel Hill, NC, 10 September 2014.

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elephantfreedom:

best friends forever

elephantfreedom:

best friends forever

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Display in the bakery section of the physical store of a Southern Season yesterday (8 September 2014). I didn’t buy anything, but I sure wanted one of those purple elephant sugar cookies!

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zoo-packys:

Here’s the final illustration from The Circus Baby, which shows the mother & her baby enjoying some hay & having a good laugh at the crazy events in the story. She’s happy that her baby is just the way he is, & I’d be too no matter what my child was like!
Picture found……in the book! This was scanned from my copy of the book.

zoo-packys:

Here’s the final illustration from The Circus Baby, which shows the mother & her baby enjoying some hay & having a good laugh at the crazy events in the story. She’s happy that her baby is just the way he is, & I’d be too no matter what my child was like!

Picture found……in the book! This was scanned from my copy of the book.