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Posted on 09/16/2009 8:58:16 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Woman Says Zoo Elephant Threw Stone at Her
SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 05:42
Police yesterday said they are probing whether an elephant at the zoo inside Childrens Grand Park in Seoul threw a stone at a woman.
The Gwangjin Ward Police Station said, A woman surnamed Kim reported to police that she was hit by a stone thrown by an elephant.
Kim was taking a walk in the quiet zoo around 9:30 a.m. Monday. She told The Dong-A Ilbo, The elephant (Taesani) was picking up a stone with its trunk. I was really impressed that it really used its trunk to hold something. And I then moved to the lions den.
When she went to see lions, she said she was hit by a stone the size of a bowl. When she tried to find who threw it, she said she saw nobody nearby.
I was hit on the left side of my head. I could see only the enclosure of the elephant on the left side. I shouted since it hurt so much, the elephant rolled up its trunk, and stared at me.
After Kim reported the incident, police began an investigation Monday. They checked security camera footage taken nearby the enclosure of the elephant, but the place where Kim said she was hit by the stone was out of the range of cameras.
A police source said, Though Ms. Kim believes the elephant threw a stone at her, its hard to conclude that the elephant attacked her since there are neither witnesses nor evidence. Well investigate whether the park is responsible.
The zoo, however, ruled out the possibility that the elephant threw the stone. Given that the fences are located just three meters away from the enclosure, however, it is possible that the elephant did it.
Born in 1974, Taesani has been a popular attraction since 1975 when it was moved to the zoo.
A palestinian elephant?
Maybe the woman hurt the animal’s feelings? Hah!
Has the elephant “lawyered up” yet?
Amd somewhere in America, law students are salivating at the prospect of building a lucrative career around suing the pads, paws and claws off of members of the Animal Kingdom.
Does anyone offer Anger Management Classes for pachyderms?
I hear incidents of anti-elephant hate speech are WAY up world-wide this year. Something to do with some election in the U.S. last fall.
If Cass Sunstein gets his way, that could happen.
Beware elephants bearing stones.
I guess I would stay away from the elephant. Sounds good to me.
The elephant had better be a liberal. LOL.
Why would they do that? I saw an elephant at the zoo here in Oklahoma spray mud from it's trunk onto a mom and her kid. It looked like it had a smirk on it's face after it did it.
That was way more fun than stupid school!
This is why elephants shouldn’t live in glass houses.
I went to a carnival probably 40 years ago and watched as an elephant blew its trunk at a young man who was harassing it. Poor kid was close enough to get a load of elephant mucous on himself.
This reminds me of a skit from the Carol Burnett Show. A rouge elephant went on a crime spree and they hung him.
Wow! What is that?
I suspect a Google image search for “hung elephants” should be performed only with safe search turned on.
She’s lucky it wasn’t feces.
Suposedly, that elephant went on a rampage and killed one or more people. It was a circus elephant and was probably spooked by the crowd. Anyway, a trial was held and the judge sentenced the poor guy to be hung. And it was. It’s a true story. This happened in either the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. Weird , isn’t it?
Strange you would use that phrase. That’s exactly what I used to find the image.
It sure is! Wikipedia says the elephant's name was Mary and it was hung in 1916 in Tennessee.
A woman surnamed Kim...in Korea? What’s the chances of that?
Elephants ARE animals, after all, and mentally - from a human perspective - quite juvenile and behave much more on primal instinct, and yet do have “emotions” - responses driven by pain, pleasure, rememberences of what is painful or pleasurable and yes, even anger.
As to the elephant in question, in the KBS and MBC news footage of the story (Korean national news networks), the zoo’s enclosure is horrible and very small for an animal the size of an elephant. In addition, elephants are very social animals and this one is by itself. Even the close-ups of its skin look so bad that maybe some elephant rescue charity will be sent some videos about it and try to help it out.
I am sure the elephant does not likely distinguish that much between any of the humans it has contact with or sees. To an elephant they are all part of the same group that has it locked up. So, if the elephant was “angry” and decided to pitch a rock (which the more extensive footage shows it doing) in the direction of the people observing it, the woman who was struck should not take it personally - any general area of people standing nearby could have been it’s “target”.
The rocks themselves seem strangely (very many of them and broken into many sizes) too prominent a feature inside the enclosure, in as much as the natural habitat for elephants are plains with patches of shrubs and trees and not particularly rocky terrain at all. The handlers must have all along viewed the rock piles they gave the elephant as cheap toys in the first place.
Most I've seen are a gray color.
Is my dyslexia showing? And I've never heard of the color gary. ;-)
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