Saturday, December 12, 2009

Elephant Rescue Video

Okay, I know this is a little off topic, but I thought it might be interesting to look at the work some other animal rescue groups are doing. In Thailand there is an elephant trade, & they are used for labor, transportation, tourism, etc. Elephants sometimes escape or are turned out by their owners, so they actually have a stray elephant problem in Bangkok. Can you imagine?

This is a 6-minute video about the Elephant Nature Park rescuing Bua Loi (her name means "floating lotus"), a 30-year old female elephant with a handicap. First they have to pay $13,000 to buy her from the owner, & then truck her 20 hours to the park. But once there she is reunited with an old elephant friend, is accepted by a group & then becomes an auntie to an elephant baby. It's really a wonderful ending. You can read all about Bua Loi here if interested.

So, i'm not sure which is better, rescuing bunnies or rescuing elephants. Elephants don't need their litter boxes scooped, & don't multiply as quickly. But they can eat more than 300 pounds of food a day, trample down trees & fences, and live up to 60 years!

Can you imagine a bunny with that kind of power? :)

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Blogger Heartland said...

Layla,that's a lovely story of reunion and renewal. How sad that she suffered awful injuries and the loss of her baby. Elephants are exploited all over the world. Just like the bunnies - often mistreated and misunderstood...then disposed of.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Layla thanks for sharing this. Elephants are wonderful and like so many other creatures are often only valued for what they can provide money wise. Rescuing of animals is all the same to me, be they bunnies or elephants.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

While we're on the subject, here is one of the best elephant rescue stories ever! A little sad, but with a happy ending....
Part one -

Part two -

I love elephants, so sweet! Thanks for the post!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Thank you so much for all you do for animals!!! Please circulate this news story and music video by JoAnne Worley (Remember "Laugh In?" and the broadway hit "Wicked?"). It is so sweet and will be so helpful to Elephants. You are both heroes!!!!! Here is the link:

11:39 AM  

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