this^^^!!!It's just so sad! The numbers are just horrible, unbeliavable how it went down so fast in such a short period of time, since 1979 the half of the population was killed! Just embarrasing, Im ashamed of human race sometimes. Well, more than sometimes lol.
But as you say at the end, there are still people who care and actually DO something to take care of them.
As awful as this is to say, it's true, mankind will see to the destruction of this earth. We're worse than any plague. Again, I know that's awful to say but that's how I see it. We use, abuse, consume, are over populated and don't give enough back and are destroying this planet in the process.
Elephants are beautiful creatures..............
I think that poachers should be treated and convicted as murderers!!!!!
'Mourning' elephants refuse to leave accident site
Alok K N Mishra, TNN Aug 5, 2013, 01.08AM IST
Tags:Friends|carefulRANCHI: Around 15 elephants, who are mourning a member of their herd after it was was hit by a train near Matari railway station under Dhanbad division of the East Central Railway on Howrah-New Delhi main railway route a couple of days ago, have attacked villages and demolished parts of a school and several houses. Villagers have been keeping night-long vigil, but haven't been to drive away the herd.Wildlife activist D S Srivastava said elephants have a strong sense of family bonding and often resort to revenge attacks. He said: "Elephants often try to return to the site of such accidents as they believe that their mate has only been injured and could be rescued by them. Even when an elephant dies a natural death, their friends cover the body with bushes and small tree branches." Srivastava added that the herd will try to return to this site again and again.
Railway authorities are also concerned and are maintaining a vigil on tracks. "Train drivers have also been asked to be more careful," said Amrendra Das spokesperson for Dhanbad division.
A herd of elephants had stopped several trains on the main Delhi-Howrah route near Matari railway station on Wednesday night after one member of the herd was killed by the Kolkata-Delhi Duronto Express. The elephants left the area only after the railway's disaster management team with foresters arrived on the spot and burst crackers .
The herd, however, did not go very far and were spotted in the Belwatand forests near Srirampur hill on Thursday morning. The foresters gathered experts who are experts in chasing the jumbos and tried to chase them away but they did not go away. In the intervening night of Thursday and Friday they tried to go near Matari railway station where their friend had died. The villagers who had kept a vigil, however, did not allow them to go to the site by bursting crackers and hitting drums. Several houses were damaged in the Belwatand village in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
The foresters called in an elephant-chasing squad from Bengal and drove the herd beyond Srirampur hill on Friday afternoon. The herd again tried to visit the spot on Friday night and damaged l houses in Hariktand village, situated on the foothills of Srirampur hill.
Dhanbad DFO Satish Chandra Rai said he has not received any claims for compensation from villagers. "The elephants have damaged some houses here," said Rai. He said the extent of damage would be known only after the villagers' claim compensation. Sources, however, said around 10 houses have been damaged.
Themba and Albert, an elephant and a sheep
They say they were lucky that the sheep they chosed to be Thembas friend were special.
I believe every sheep can be special, if they only get the chance
Innocent animals, they do not suspect that after all this time, they will fall from a bullet by the thousands. They will lie in the dust, mutilated by our shameless greed. The great males fall first, so that their tusks can be made into trinkets. Then the females fall, so that men may have trophies. The babies run screaming from the smell of their own mothers blood, but it does them no good to run from the guns. Silently, with no one to nurse them, they will die, too, and all their bones bleach in the sun. Michael Jackson
After three and a half years of trying to convince and invite many elephant camp management teams, owners, family members of their business to change the way of their business to be more humane, today I would like to announce the best news of this year to all of you to know that , the biggest camp of Karnchanaburi at Saiyok district , made the decision to stop elephant riding and elephant shows of their own program, and our team will come to help to work at the project to change to be an Elephant Nature Park Model. It means that we can release 60 elephants free from work. We applaud their soulful decision. I hope that more elephant camps in Thailand will do the same way in the near future. Thanks to every one for your support and to be part of this big change. Special thanks to Khun NuNa Silpa-archa and to my husband Darrick Thomson , who always stands beside to support my work. By Lek Chialert