Swimming Elephant Takes Man For A Dip !

Perched between the tusks, an Indian ‘mahout’ or elephant driver is photographed on his steed in this arresting image.It was taken in the Andaman Islands, a remote archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, where Rajan, a 60-year-old elephant, lives.

The six-ton elephant learnt to swim 40 years ago to help work for logging companies there. For years the elephant felled trees with Nasru, his 58-year-old driver.But in 2002 logging was banned in the islands and most of the 200 elephants were sent back to the Indian mainland.
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Baby Jamuna Toni Has Hugs For Everyone

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Collective aww. Only two days old here and Jamuna Toni already knows how to show his love! The lilttle elephant busted onto the scene last week with a series of hilarious shots — like trying to snag the keeper’s keys with his snout and blowing air at the camera — and I’m sensing a future star here.After all, it was the cutie elephant named Luk Chai who captured this year’s biggest zoo ham title and it looks like Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo has a posing handful on their …. errr, hands?


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FIR Filed Against Elephant In Kerala

In what could be the first such incident in Kerala’s police history, an FIR has been lodged against an elephant which trampled to
death a person in this district.

Police said Rangammal, a resident of Vadakkavalur on the outskirts of the city, lodged a complaint on November 1 that her husband Krishnappan was trampled to death by the elephant some time ago.

Based on the complaint, the FIR was filed, they said.


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Elephant Does Maternity Exercises

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A 20-year-old elephant was taken through a series of maternity stretches in her pen ahead of her pregnancy. Panang, who is nearing the end of her two-year gestation period, was guided by her minder Andi Fries at the Tierpark Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich.

The elephant, who is due this month or next, has been pregnant twice before, but both calves were stillborn, a common problem among elephants. Babies can sometimes become stuck between the womb and the pelvis. Some elephants have even been found to have carrief mummified fetal remains in their wombs for years.

In order to help Panang, she was taken through a series of stretching and strengthening exercise, designed to make sure her calf does not grow too big in the womb, as well as help her buld up muscles she will need during labour.

An elephant’s gestation period is typically 22 months, the longest of any mammal.


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Dramatic Elephant Birth

Behold this graphic but compelling footage of the first ever elephant birth filmed in Bali, Indonesia.

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Elephant Produces Balancing Act To Snatch Treat

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The animal spotted a curious toddler holding a snack clambered up onto a narrow wall on the edge of its enclosure to snatch it.Balancing on its tiptoes the elephant teetered precariously on the four inch wide ledge. It then reached out its long trunk out to gently grab the food from the toddler tourist who was being held up by his father.The moment was captured by amateur photographer Tobias Haase, during a visit to Hamburg Zoo in Germany.

Mr Haase, 34, from Hamburg, said: “The zoo is famous for its open animal areas.”They keep the harmless animals like elephants in these enclosures without a real fence – just a big ditch which they can’t jump over.”People bring vegetables and other green food to give to the elephants – it’s not forbidden and they love it.”They’re quite used to it and have learned to reach over and pluck the food out of visitors’ hands.

“Sometimes they even do a bit of acrobatics to get there.”On this day, the elephant was particularly agile. It saw the tourist holding out a bit of food and scrambled up on the ledge.”It teetered there for a while, trying not to wobble off, as it stretched its trunk out for the food.”It stayed there for a while trying to get more before it climbed down.

“It even looked like it was nodding thank you to the tourist before it wandered off into its enclosure.”

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1-Month-Old Elephant Has A Ball Playing Soccer

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Goooooooal! Well, maybe not, but baby Asian elephant Luk Chai is certainly skilled with a soccer ball. The little guy, born last month at Sydney, Australia’s Taronga Zoo, has taken to playing with the ball lately, charming spectators and fellow elephants alike.

On the baby elephant’s blog last week, zookeepers wrote, “Luk Chai discovered a new toy today — a large soccer ball which the girls in the herd like to play with. He head-butted it around the yard and eventually worked out how to kick it with his foot.” Apparently, he kicked the ball so hard that handlers had to retrieve it for him! Now that’s talent.

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