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  • Woman's 11-stone legs may be lost ["Elephant Man" disease]

    05/04/2007 7:51:55 AM PDT · by bedolido · 7 replies · 557+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 05-03-2007 | staff writer
    A woman is campaigning to raise awareness of a rare condition which has left her with 11 stone (70kg) legs. Mandy Sellars, 32, from Lancashire, suffers from Proteus syndrome, a condition also thought to have affected the "Elephant Man", Joseph Merrick. Mandy says she is determined to lead an adventurous life
  • Killer elephant named after Osama slain

    12/16/2006 9:58:06 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 841+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/16/06 | AP
    GAUHATI, India - A killer elephant named after Osama bin Laden by fearful villagers was killed by sharpshooters, officials said Sunday. The animal was blamed for 14 deaths in the northeastern state of Assam. "A licensed shooter shot and killed the 10-foot tall bull near the Behali forest reserve in northern Assam," said wildlife warden Chandan Bora. Wildlife authorities had ordered that the elephant be shot and killed by December 31. The order came after the bull — dubbed "Laden" — was blamed for the death of a woman Wednesday near the thickly wooded evergreen jungle where it lived. The...
  • Rogue elephant 'Laden' killed in Assam

    12/16/2006 12:15:55 PM PST · by skeptoid · 4 replies · 498+ views
    Yahoo India News ^ | Dec 16, 2006 | IANS (Indo-Asian News Service
    By IANS Saturday December 16, 07:23 PM Guwahati, Dec 16 (IANS) Laden, a rogue wild Asiatic elephant that was wreaking havoc in Assam, was Saturday shot dead on state orders. A wildlife official said the 10-feet tall male tusk-less elephant was killed by a hunter at the Behali tea plantation in Sonitpur district, 240 km north of Assam's main city of Guwahati. 'Licensed hunter Dipen Ram Phukan and a team of forest rangers shot dead Laden as the elephant was moving around aimlessly and trying to enter a human settlement area,' wildlife warden Chandan Bora told IANS by telephone. 'Local...
  • 'BULL' LADEN

    12/16/2006 6:30:03 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies · 516+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2006 | AP
    'BULL' LADEN AP December 16, 2006 -- GAUHATI, India - Hunters in northeastern India are tracking a rogue elephant blamed for 14 deaths in two years and named Laden - after Osama bin Laden - by fearful villagers. The bull was blamed for a woman's death Wednesday near the evergreen jungle it calls home.
  • The Elephant And The Event Horizon

    10/26/2006 4:33:25 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 864+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-26-2006
    The elephant and the event horizon 26 October 2006 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. How to be in two places at once What happens when you throw an elephant into a black hole? It sounds like a bad joke, but it's a question that has been weighing heavily on Leonard Susskind's mind. Susskind, a physicist at Stanford University in California, has been trying to save that elephant for decades. He has finally found a way to do it, but the consequences shake the foundations of what we thought we knew about space and time. If his calculations are correct,...
  • Candidate Rides Elephant Across Rio Grande with Mariachi Band Playing (No Border Security)

    10/13/2006 5:41:29 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 13 replies · 1,677+ views
    MSNBC ^ | unknown | Rita Cosby
    See the upper left corner of the page for the video of congressional candidate Raj Peter Bhakta riding an elephant across the Rio Grande with a mariachi band playing in the background. They were unchallenged by the Border Patrol, as there were no Border Patrol agents in the vicinity. The stunt was to demonstrate the lack of security on our southern border.
  • Republican uses animals, mariachi band to critique border security [Hilarious!]

    10/13/2006 9:59:39 AM PDT · by XR7 · 41 replies · 1,737+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | 10/13/06 | SARA INÉS CALDERÓN
    Reports of an elephant crossing the river or people trying to smuggle an elephant across were rampant Tuesday while an elaborate political stunt was taking shape near the mouth of the Rio Grande. It was a while later that the stunt, which was a photo shoot, was abruptly met by federal agents. “The elephant never made landfall into Mexico, but I tell you something, he could have made 15 laps back and forth, but no one showed up,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, a former star on the NBC show “The Apprentice,” who also is a Republican candidate for the 13th...
  • This Elephant Can Speak! (In Korean)

    09/11/2006 6:02:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Times of India ^ | 10 Sep, 2006
    SEOUL: He's no Dumbo the Flying Elephant but with his ability to "speak," perhaps as close to the Disney cartoon character as a real life elephant can get. The Everland amusement park said Friday its 16-year-old male Asian elephant, named Kosik, can make sounds imitating up to eight Korean words, including 'sit', 'no', 'yes', and 'lie down'. The pachyderm produces humanlike sounds by putting his trunk in his mouth and shaking it while exhaling - similar to how people whistle with their fingers. But the park said it's unclear if Kosik knows the meaning of the sounds he makes. Kim...
  • Bush: The elephant in the room (in a Blair-Harper meeting - BARF ALERT!!!)

    07/13/2006 9:56:39 AM PDT · by Heartofsong83 · 8 replies · 524+ views
    Toronto (Red) Star ^ | 07/13/06 | James Travers
    Bush: The elephant in the room Opinion Jul. 13, 2006. 01:00 AM JAMES TRAVERS George W. Bush will be the invisible presence at the table tomorrow when Stephen Harper sits down to breakfast with Tony Blair. In the short and long political histories of the Canadian and British prime ministers, no spectre looms as large as that of the U.S. president. Harper's early progress is as connected to his decision to align Ottawa with Washington as Blair's late career stumbles are inseparable from his decision to dispatch troops to Iraq. While the outcomes are markedly different, the motives are remarkably...
  • GOP elephant gets its marching orders

    07/03/2006 9:30:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies · 933+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-4-06 | Lisa Sink
    Party's fiberglass pachyderm prohibited from Brookfield parade By LISA SINK lsink@journalsentinel.com Brookfield - Democrats can rejoice: This city's Independence Day parade will feature donkeys but no elephants. "Sparky," a 5-foot-tall, 100-pound fiberglass elephant purchased as the mascot for the Republican Party of Waukesha County will not be allowed in Brookfield's Fourth of July parade today, ending its four-year parade run. But the Wisconsin Donkey and Mule Society will return as a parade unit. That's because the donkey and mule society is not affiliated with the Democratic Party. The elephant mascot, however, violates Brookfield's ban on political parties as parade entries....
  • Mozart therapy for bereaved elephant

    07/02/2006 4:22:53 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 15 replies · 443+ views
    ZAGREB (AFP) - Suma, a 45-year-old elephant and long-time resident of the Zagreb Zoo, was bereaved and inconsolable after her pachyderm partner of tens years died of cancer. Until she heard Mozart. "Suma became very depressed after her roomie Patna died in early May," head of Zagreb Zoo Mladen Anic told AFP on Thursday. "She was refusing to eat, became uncommunicative, showed all the signs of a serious depression." Then, by sheer accident, Suma's keepers discovered that the healing power of Mozart extends to the animal kingdom too. Earlier this month, the zoo the zoo organized a concert of classical...
  • Early Signs Of Elephant Butchers (Britain - 400k-Years-Ago)

    06/29/2006 1:29:06 PM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 612+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-29-2006
    Early signs of elephant butchers Excavations took place in 2004 Bones and tusks dating back 400,000 years are the earliest signs in Britain of ancient humans butchering elephants for meat, say archaeologists. Remains of a single adult elephant surrounded by stone tools were found in northwest Kent during work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Scientists believe hunters used the tools to cut off the meat, after killing the animal with wooden spears. The find is described in the Journal of Quaternary Science. The first signs of the Stone Age site were uncovered by constructors at Southfleet Road in Ebbsfleet,...
  • Drug Test Subject 'Looks Like Elephant Man' Says Girlfriend

    03/15/2006 2:21:12 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,536+ views
    Drug test subject 'looks like elephant man' says girlfriend (Filed: 15/03/2006) The girlfriend of a man fighting for life after taking part in a pharmaceuticals trial has said the drugs he was given have left him looking "like the Elephant Man". Myfanwy Marshall Myfanwy Marshall, 35, said her boyfriend, a 28-year-old British man who had taken part in drug trials before without adverse side effects, felt ill 80 or 90 minutes after being given the drug on Monday. He is now in the intensive care unit at at Northwick Park hospital in north-west London. Five other men were also admitted...
  • Woman Enters Exhibit, Elephant Smacks Her

    03/06/2006 5:31:59 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 17 replies · 470+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Mar 3, 7:00 PM ET
    Woman Enters Exhibit, Elephant Smacks Her Fri Mar 3, 7:00 PM ET WACO, Texas - A 25-year-old woman climbed past barriers and into an elephant's zoo exhibit, then crawled out with minor injuries after the 6,000-pound animal smacked her with its trunk. "That's how an elephant reacts to something they would perceive as a threat," said Cameron Park Zoo director Jim Fleshman. After saying she wanted to play with the elephant, the woman climbed over a 3-feet-high wood-and-wire fence, scaled an 8-foot-tall artificial rock structure and bypassed an electric wire before jumping into the exhibit Thursday afternoon, Fleshman said. A...
  • Get Out Of The Way. . . He Hasn't Forgotten (Elephant Revenge?)

    02/15/2006 5:01:40 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 703+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-16-2006 | Roger Highfield
    Get out of the way... he hasn't forgotten By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 16/02/2006) The reputation that elephants have for never forgetting has been given a chilling new twist by experts who believe that a generation of pachiderms may taking revenge on humans for the breakdown of elephant society. The New Scientist reports today that elephants appear to be attacking human settlements as vengeance for years of abuse by people. In Uganda, for example, elephant numbers have never been lower or food more plentiful, yet there are reports of the creatures blocking roads and trampling through villages, apparently without...
  • Bob Barker Pleads for Elephants' Release

    02/11/2006 12:24:58 PM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 434+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat Feb 11, 2006
    Bob Barker pleaded with city officials to close the Los Angeles Zoo's pachyderm exhibit and allow its three elephants to retire to a sanctuary. Appearing jovial when he arrived at Friday's City Council meeting, the veteran game show host and longtime animal rights activist turned serious when he began to talk about the zoo's elephants, Gita, Ruby and Billy. "I came here today to ask, to beg you ... to vote to release those elephants from that zoo," Barker said. "They have lived in misery." Gita and Ruby are ill, leaving only Billy on display. A fourth elephant, Tara, died...
  • Debate over escaped elephant

    12/16/2005 5:31:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies · 277+ views
    Debate over escaped elephant An escaped elephant is roaming the streets of St Petersburg - while authorities try to decide whose job it is to catch it. The animal, which was being transported through Russia by an unnamed Finnish company, escaped from its container by smashing through its walls. There have been a number of sightings around the city but no one has tried to catch the elephant yet. Local media say it's unclear which arm of the St Petersburg emergency services is responsible for escaped elephants.
  • Man's love stand between the animal's life and death

    10/31/2005 10:30:59 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 21 replies · 877+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Tuesday, November 01, 2005 10:36:04 am | IANS
    KERALA: It is one man's love for an elephant that is standing between the animal's life and death. For days, Kuttikrishnan, a pet elephant in its 40s, has been lying in agony on a road, ever since it was knocked down by a speeding bus. With the hip and thighbones broken, there is no way the pet elephant can stand on his legs. And with veterinarian Jacob Cheeran warning that there is a possibility of body sores leading to septicemia, there are already calls for its mercy killing - to end its misery. But Swarnakumari Warrier, the owner, would have...
  • Pleistocene Park? On the reintroduction of species

    08/20/2005 2:15:44 PM PDT · by sociotard · 30 replies · 796+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 17 August 2005 | Kurt Kleiner
    Sorry if this is a repost. Elephants and lions unleashed on North America? 18:00 17 August 2005 NewScientist.com news service Kurt Kleiner Elephants, lions, cheetahs and camels could one day roam the western US under a proposal to recreate North American landscapes as they existed more than 13,000 years ago, when humans first encountered them. The plan, proposed in a commentary in Nature and co-authored by 13 ecologists and conservation biologists, would help enrich a North American ecosystem that was left almost devoid of large mammals at the end of the Pleistocene period. It would also help preserve wildlife that...
  • Envelope containing mysterious powder sparks elephant-sized alarm in Paris (Elephant Poop Alert)

    08/04/2005 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Cowman · 8 replies · 795+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Aug 4 | Yahoo
    CERGY, France (AFP) - An envelope leaking a strange pinkish powder sparked an alert in a Paris suburban post office, but tests revealed the substance to be nothing more than dessicated elephant dung, police said. With France on high terrorism alert following the London bombings last month, postal workers in a sorting centre in the northwestern suburb of Bonneuil-en-France took no chance when they noticed the strange envelope from Sri Lanka with the powder inside. After police were called in Thursday, six employees who had been exposed to the powder were subjected to medical examinations. The powder was analysed too,...
  • Fossilized bones may reveal complete specimen: Cal paleontologist, "find resembles ancient elephant"

    07/14/2005 2:22:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 684+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, July 14, 2005 | Maria Alicia Gaura
    UC Berkeley paleontologist Mark Goodwin said Wednesday the bones discovered Saturday by environmental watchdog Roger Castillo may be the femur, tusks and pelvic bones of a Columbian mammoth, a species of ancient elephant that roamed Silicon Valley tens of thousands of years ago. UC Berkeley's Museum of Paleontology has a mammoth pelvis and some assorted teeth and bones found at other South Bay sites, Goodwin said. But the generous scattering of bones atop the ground at the San Jose site Goodwin visited Wednesday may indicate a more complete specimen. "If these are tusks here, there's a good chance that there's...
  • Jumbo census ends in India

    05/27/2005 11:21:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies · 364+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 5/27/2005 | Staff
    CHENNAI: A three-day census of wild elephants in southern India, home to one of the largest elephant concentrations in Asia, has just ended. The headcount was done in a 3,000 sq km area in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Wild elephants in the states move between the forests of the three states through traditional routes known as elephant corridors. According to the government, India still has more than 27,600 elephants, including the domesticated ones, and southern India alone accounts for more than half of them. But wildlife experts contest this. Some 600 officials and an equal number of volunteers criss-crossed...
  • Royal vet comes to rescue of elephant's penis (Thailand)

    04/29/2005 4:09:54 PM PDT · by killjoy · 66 replies · 3,494+ views
    CHONBURI, Apr 29 (TNA) - A wild elephant whose penis was injured by a tree branch is being treated by His Majesty the King's veterinary surgeon, it emerged today. The veterinarian, Dr. Alongkorn Mahanop, travelled to Sri Racha district in the country's eastern province of Chonburi today to treat Phlai Thong Bai, a 32 year-old elephant whose mahout had taken him to Laemchabang to search for food. The condition of the elephant, whose wound had become infected, was said to be improving after the Royal vet injected him with medicine. (TNA)--E006
  • S. Korea: Rampaging Elephants(update and photos)

    04/22/2005 6:26:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 968+ views
    Rampaging Elephants My Summary Around 3:20pm, Apr. 20, six elephants escaped from Children's Grand Park in Seoul, S. Korea. They rampaged  in the neighborhood, injuring one woman and causing extensive property damage. Scores of firemen and policemen had to spend hours to capture them and bring them back safely.Elephants were making a round in the park to lure more crowd to their daily show. A few dozen pigeons were munching on crumbs left on the road ahead. They were so busy eating that they could not realize elephants are coming. When they realized that a giant beast is only a...
  • Seattle zoo tries to inseminate elephant

    03/02/2005 7:44:21 PM PST · by Blackirish · 34 replies · 989+ views
    SEATTLE - A ticklish business, artificially inseminating an elephant. With the help of high-tech ultrasound and computer gear, special protective clothing, wheelbarrows and not a little cooperation from Chai, a 26-year-old Asian elephant, Woodland Park Zoo officials hope the complicated process led by two German scientists will result in the pachyderm giving again birth, as she did four years ago. Chai got pregnant by natural means last time around, but it wasn't all candy and flowers. She had to endure the stress of getting shipped off to a zoo in Missouri, where some of her fellow elephants showed her hostility....
  • Finally - toilet-trained elephants

    01/21/2005 9:05:44 AM PST · by edcoil · 5 replies · 575+ views
    The Daily Telegraph | 21 Jan 2005 | edcoil
    From the OK, we have heard it all department... Finally - toilet-trained elephants From correspondents in Bangkok January 20, 2005 MEET Diew the elephant - the world's first potty-trained pachyderm. Diew the elephant - the world's first potty-trained pachyderm Visitors to a Thai elephant camp were treated to a call of nature with a difference yesterday, as five-year-old Diew demonstrated how to use and flush an oversized toilet. The massive but immodest beast had no problem posing for the cameras as he went about his business. Handlers at the camp, in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai province, have previously taught their...
  • CA: Arnold: The "Elephant" is Immigration

    01/11/2005 10:01:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 827+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 1/11/05 | Patrick Mallon
    As a persistent surveyor of California education policies and attendant inclination of the state's legislature and teacher's union to emphasize self-esteem, revisionist indoctrination and sexual orientation into the classroom at the expense of basic academics, it was with low expectations that I read an eruption of stories on our "failing schools" delivered by the politically routine press on January 4. The writers were reacting to a just-issued Rand report titled: California's K-12 Schools: How Are They Doing? One story stated the report's intent: "The nonpartisan Rand Corporation examined every measurable aspect of California schools, from student achievement to teacher qualifications...
  • Proof of GOP compassion: "Alexander" Elephants step in to help aid tsunami victims

    01/02/2005 7:39:55 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 7 replies · 471+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, January 02, 2005
    In Thailand, officials borrowed six elephants from the Wang Chang elephant farm in the 17th-century Thai capital of Ayuddhaya for help in clearing away wrecked buildings and other debris from the ruined resort island of Phuket and Phang Nga province. The animals — who were also used in recreated battle scenes for the movie "Alexander" — arrived Sunday and began work immediately on the muddy, hilly terrain. "The six were chosen because they are smart and can act on command," said Romthongsai Meephan, one of the elephant farm's owners.
  • Elephant Helps Save Kids From Tsunami --- Carried Children To Safety

    12/30/2004 6:03:30 AM PST · by bedolido · 30 replies · 7,097+ views
    wcco.com ^ | 12/29/2004 | associated press
    PHUKET (AP) When Mother Nature unleashed its wrath, a member of the Animal Kingdom stepped in. A British tourist says she saw an elephant save several children on a Thai beach when the killer waves struck. The animal had been brought to a beach resort in Phuket to entertain children. Laura Barnett says the elephant’s keeper hoisted kids up onto the animal’s back, and then walked them off to safety. Barnett told her tale from London. She and her family escaped the disaster, but the beach where she was staying was destroyed.
  • Elephant Saves Children (good story from tragedy)

    12/29/2004 3:12:59 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 28 replies · 2,684+ views
    KTN/News 10 ^ | 12-29-04 | KTEN NEWS
    When Mother Nature unleashed its wrath, a member of the Animal Kingdom stepped in. A British tourist says she saw an elephant save several children on a Thai beach when the killer waves struck. The animal had been brought to a beach resort in Phuket to entertain children. Laura Barnett says the elephant's keeper hoisted kids up onto the animal's back, and then walked them off to safety. Barnett told her tale from London. She and her family escaped the disaster, but the beach where she was staying was destroyed.
  • The ALABAMA/AUBURN IRON BOWL Thread...

    11/18/2004 7:58:22 PM PST · by LowOiL · 130 replies · 5,652+ views
    11-18-04 | Me
    Please place your predictions, traditions, comments, jabs, and jokes on this thread for the 2004 Auburn/Alabama game...This is the thread...
  • Indian Elephants Fight Losing Battle with Man

    10/07/2004 9:23:37 PM PDT · by AM2000 · 11 replies · 505+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Thu Oct 7 2004, 8:01 AM ET | Simon Denyer
    GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - It is an unexpected headache for the Indian army, an unlikely embarrassment for the government and an unwelcome challenge for the railways department. Elephants in India are on the rampage, coming into conflict with man ever more frequently and ever more dangerously. It is a battle the normally gentle animals seem destined to lose. In the northeastern Indian state of Assam, elephants have been raiding army depots, eating the military's rations, drinking its liquor and leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. In Bangladesh, stray elephants from India have been terrorizing villagers and destroying farms,...
  • The year's 2nd-most important election

    09/06/2004 9:53:44 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 1 replies · 174+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 5, 2004 | LANA BERKOWITZ
    What do you call a 338-pound baby? Cast your vote and find out CHOOSE OR LOSE The keepers have come up with six names they like. The names (and also their Thai translations): Bella: waiting, time Asha: hope Sitara: star Ananti: gift Soma: beautiful eyes Anjika: blessed Does she look like a Bella or Asha or, maybe, Soma? Right now Houston Zoo staffers and volunteers call the 338-pounder Baby.And Baby is OK when you're alone with your mother, but when you go out in the yard with the big elephants, you need a proper name.After 22 months of anticipation, Shanti's...
  • A Convention Village Of GOP Fantasies (Bowtie Wearing Barf Alert)

    09/02/2004 7:23:36 AM PDT · by O.C. - Old Cracker · 29 replies · 766+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 31, 2004 | Thomas Oliphant
    IT MAKES perfect sense to a person marooned in a convention city suffused with phony symbolism that the first famous advance man in politics worked for a dictator, albeit a somewhat enlightened one. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great mixed a preference for modernity with a ruthless hold on power. Artifice was as important to the ruler as it was to the ruled, illusions being central to the totalitarian mind-set. Enter Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin. On a journey through the Ukraine and Crimea -- what might be called a campaign swing today -- it was Potemkin's precedent-setting duty to...
  • PETA cries foul over Clinton elephant incident

    08/09/2004 8:54:05 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 23 replies · 1,064+ views
    QUAD-CITY TIMES ^ | Monday, August 9th, 2004 | Kay Luna
    CLINTON, Iowa — A national animal advocacy group is calling for a federal investigation into a circus incident at Clinton Riverboat Days, where an African elephant injured an employee stooping near its water bowl. . People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, of Norfolk, Va., claims the elephant “attacked” former circus worker Hristo Entchev July 4 in the city’s Riverview Park. . That’s not the way officials with the Florida-based Liebel Family Circus and Riverboat Days describe the incident, which left the worker with a head injury that required stitches. They said the elephant merely turned its head,...
  • Tell Ruby to pack her trunk (Homesick elephant headed back to L.A.)

    07/20/2004 11:47:44 AM PDT · by StoneColdGOP · 12 replies · 569+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | Monday, July 19, 2004 - 9:20:03 PM PST | By Dana Bartholomew, Staff Writer
    After a yearlong effort to banish Ruby -- the meek elephant who's become quarrelsome -- to the American hinterland, Mayor James Hahn did an about-face Monday and ordered the city's 9,000-pound pachyderm returned to Los Angeles. Under pressure from animal activists and a lawsuit that warned that her health was in jeopardy -- Hahn directed that the 42-year-old African elephant be returned after 14 months at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee, where she had become something of an outcast. "Though the move of Ruby to the Knoxville Zoo was well-intentioned," Hahn said in a statement, "it is clear that she...
  • Elephant beats murder rap

    07/14/2004 10:42:12 PM PDT · by ambrose · 6 replies · 328+ views
    News24/AFP ^ | 7.15.04
    14/07/2004 13:54 - (SA) Elephant beats murder rap Bangkok - A veteran performing elephant has been dramatically cleared of killing a worker at the world Aids forum after footprint and forensic tests, police said on Wednesday. The elephant, called Very Handsome and with a screen credit for a slow walk-on part in Alexander the Great, was cleared after officers checked his tusks for signs of violence. Very Handsome, 'Sud Lor' in Thai, had been the prime suspect in the killing of Somsak Klangkaew, 55, who was grabbed by an elephant and smashed to the ground. "The doctor collected and tested...
  • Elephants never forget, playwright reminds us

    07/11/2004 5:02:24 PM PDT · by Darkshadow · 6 replies · 367+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 29, 2004 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    Milwaukee playwright and actress Gina Lucita Monreal is about to stage a really huge new play, "Big Dreams (An Evening With An Elephant, Enclosed)," at 8 p.m. July 9 and 10 in the Latino Arts Inc. Auditorium at United Community Center, 1028 S. 9th St. Monreal's first full-length play stars a life-size puppet of an Asian elephant and tells the story of what a zoo elephant named Sky thinks about when she is caged alone at night. Monreal has had her original one-act plays produced here and in Chicago. For research, she went to various elephant sanctuaries. She spoke with...
  • "Movie Wars" CARTOON

    07/05/2004 11:50:51 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 9 replies · 1,098+ views
    IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 7/5/2004 | IPWGOP
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  • Stone Age Elephant Remains Found (England, Slain By Humans)

    06/21/2004 5:37:15 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 808+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-21-2004
    Stone Age elephant remains foundThe skeleton was found at the site of a new station Construction work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) in Kent has unearthed the 400,000-year-old remains of an elephant. The skeleton was found on the site of the new Ebbsfleet station, an area thought to be an early Stone Age site. Bones from other large animals, including rhinoceros, buffalo and wild horses, have also been found nearby. The remains were preserved in muddy sediment near what was once the edge of a small lake, a spokesman said. The elephant, which has been identified as a...
  • Swedish man files complaint against circus elephant

    05/19/2004 4:55:15 PM PDT · by ambrose · 34 replies · 228+ views
    AP ^ | 5.19.04
    Swedish man files complaint against circus elephant This story was published Wednesday, May 19th, 2004 The Associated Press STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - The father of a 10-year-old boy filed a police complaint after a circus elephant trampled his child's bicycle, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Dennis Horvath parked his bicycle close to the elephant compound at the Cirkus Mustang in Finspaang, 110 miles southwest of the capital, Stockholm, Tuesday to watch as the circus came to town. While he watched the parade, one of the elephants in the pen used his trunk to pick up the bicycle for a closer...
  • Elephant kills three in Nepal

    02/23/2004 3:49:30 PM PST · by ambrose · 6 replies · 408+ views
    Elephant kills three in Nepal 20/02/2004 - 10:17:42 Three people were trampled to death by wild elephants while collecting firewood in western Nepal, a local newspaper reported. Two others, including a five-year old girl, were injured in the incident, The Rising Nepal newspaper said. The three ? aged 42, 35, and 28 ? were killed while collecting wood near Arjundhara village, around 310 miles west of the capital, Kathmandu.
  • Caption This!

    02/03/2004 5:11:37 PM PST · by spacewarp · 12 replies · 208+ views
    The American Patriot Party website ^ | 2/3/04 | Brian Nichols
    Caption away.....
  • Elephant Makes Daring Escape from Zoo (PETA will be so pleased!)

    01/23/2004 3:14:37 PM PST · by mhking · 15 replies · 152+ views
    AUCKLAND (Reuters) - An elephant briefly escaped from New Zealand's Auckland zoo on Friday after dropping a log on an electrified fence and crashing through a gate. Twenty-year-old Burma, one of two elephants at the zoo, was free for about half an hour, forcing some road closures during the morning commuter rush, but posed no threat to people and did no damage to any other property. The 2.8-tonAsian elephant, which stands about two-and-a-half meters (eight feet) tall, was found in a park behind the zoo and keepers walked her back to her enclosure to join the other elephant. "When the...
  • False teeth for elephant

    01/09/2004 12:24:53 PM PST · by yankeedame · 5 replies · 256+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 07, 2004 | staff writer
    False teeth for Thai elephantFrom correspondents in Bangkok January 7, 2004 AN aging elephant in Thailand has gotten a new lease on life after a veterinarian fitted the animal with custom-made dentures, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Morakot, an 80-year-old pachyderm in captivity at a park in the western province of Kanchanaburi, had been unable to chew her food because she had lost her teeth, the Bangkok Post quoted Dr. Somsak Jitniyom saying. Kept alive with injected saline solution, vitamins and antibiotics, she had become so weak she had collapsed four times and needed to be supported by a sling of...
  • Elephant Kills Pittsburgh Woman in Africa (while she was visiting Peace Corps daughter)

    12/09/2003 5:50:35 PM PST · by mountaineer · 45 replies · 353+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | Dec. 9 2003 | Mackenzie Carpenter
    All her life, Heather Uber loved adventure and the outdoors, so when her older daughter joined the Peace Corps and moved to the West African nation of Cameroon in September 2002, Uber eagerly made plans to travel there. But that visit ended tragically Thursday morning when Uber, a 55-year old mother of four, was killed by a rampaging elephant while visiting a wildlife park with her husband and daughter. Uber, of Point Breeze, suffered internal injuries when she was knocked down by the elephant, which suddenly charged at the group from a distance of about 40 feet, said Ned Uber....
  • ELEPHANT / **** (R) (Ebert actually gets something 1/2 right. )

    11/08/2003 7:16:10 PM PST · by Rodney King · 15 replies · 151+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | today | roger ebert
    ELEPHANT / **** (R) November 7, 2003 BY ROGER EBERT Gus Van Sant's "Elephant" is a record of a day at a high school like Columbine, on the day of a massacre much like the one that left 13 dead. It offers no explanation for the tragedy, no insights into the psyches of the killers, no theories about teenagers or society or guns or psychopathic behavior. It simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move...
  • There's A Skeleton In A Trainyard In East Tennessee

    09/12/2003 2:52:24 PM PDT · by Fester Chugabrew · 11 replies · 371+ views
    Blue Ridge Country ^ | May / June 1997 | JOAN VANNORSDALL SCHROEDER
    Mary the Elephant. The town considered guns, electrocution and dismemberment before setting on hanging. There's A Skeleton In A Trainyard In East TennesseeBY JOAN VANNORSDALL SCHROEDER It was 1916, and things were changing fast. World War I raged in Europe. Dadaism, ripe with comic derision and irrationality, took hold in artistic circles. Freeform jazz took hold of the American music scene. Margaret Sanger opened the first birth-control clinic. It was a good year for scapegoats. It was a good year to hang an elephant.
  • GW and the Elephant Incident

    07/11/2003 5:10:28 PM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 32 replies · 288+ views
    Reuters, AP
    My fellow FReeper, if you aren't informed about the elephant incident, you need to be. How will people think you're informed if you don't find this? I checked this morning and didn't see it here in the forum. I checked this afternoon, and nothing. Not in 'search' or in the side bar. We must stay cutting edge when it comes to hold-muh-beer moments such as this. I am very proud of the way GW reacted when he encountered the elephant incident. He had no 'party boy' wit. He is too straight laced a guy. So is his wife. While many...
  • Caption This Photo of Bush in Africa

    07/11/2003 11:12:10 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 37 replies · 528+ views
    Hmmm....