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Molly Cule
172896.  Wed May 09, 2007 4:37 am Reply with quote


172964.  Wed May 09, 2007 6:24 am Reply with quote

By the end of the 18th century, “one third of British men [in India] were leaving their possessions to Indian wives, and a third of all British households were racially and religiously mixed.”

The British Resident in Delhi at that time was “Sir David Ochterlony, a Scottish eccentric who was said to take all thirteen of his Indian wives on a daily promenade around the walls of the Red Fort, each on her own elephant.”

S: The Independent, 5 May 07

173440.  Thu May 10, 2007 7:54 pm Reply with quote

I came across a nice little elephant factoid while reading Howard Bloom's Global Brain.

Elephants pass behavioural memes from one generation to the next. In 1919 the citrus farmers of South Africa's Addo Park wanted to get rid of a herd of 140 elephants that were damaging their crops. They called in a hunter, who shot the offenders one by one while their families watched (and possibly also cried - Bloom quotes Cynthia Moss's research showing that elephants cry). After a year there were only 16-20 elephants left, but they had changed their behaviour and become nocturnal. The hunter eventually gave up.

In 1930, the government protected the elephants, so there was no more hunting. However, in 1975 that particular group of elephants was still nocturnal, even though none of the original group of 1919 was still alive.

174258.  Mon May 14, 2007 11:27 am Reply with quote

Molly said:


Actually there are some other pictures on that site which other sites claim is an elephant hospital in thailand.

Here is a sling:

and IV drips:


176699.  Tue May 22, 2007 7:49 am Reply with quote

Ages and ages ago, MatC said:

elephant diarrhoea is something not to be sniffed at. Scigliano quotes a report in a 1988 edition of the journal Elephant of a zookeeper in Germany who gave his constipated elephant 20 doses of laxative and a bushel of berries, figs and prunes. It was while he was administering an olive oil enema to the ele, that the siege of constipation was lifted. Tragically, the poor keeper was knocked over by the “torrent,” hit his head and became unconscious, and was suffocated to death in the dung.

A miff, according to snopes

178319.  Sun May 27, 2007 11:12 am Reply with quote

178422.  Mon May 28, 2007 3:34 am Reply with quote

An elephant in eastern India has sparked complaints from motorists who accuse it of blocking traffic and refusing to allow vehicles to pass unless drivers give it food

210505.  Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:59 am Reply with quote


Ian Dunn
653331.  Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:00 am Reply with quote

The FT has declared "Elephant in the room" as the top cliché of 2009.

Finally, an award for the year's top cliché - which goes to "the elephant in the room". In the last year there has scarcely been a meeting room anywhere in which an elephant has not pitched up at some point. In leading newspapers and journals alone, last year 3,700 elephants were reported as being in rooms, while in 2000 the number was only 175. If one had to sum up 2009 in one sentence, it was the year in which elephants bred like rabbits.

The story was also reported in the Daily Mirror, which has mentioned the use of "Elephant in the room" on QI.

653470.  Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:12 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
Inspired by an elephant at bronx zoo which was spinning around before giving birth is this patent from 1965, it's a spinning machine to use a centrifugal force of up to 7g to help force the baby out.

Actually, it seems like a good idea to me - better than squeezing a baby's head with forceps?

653485.  Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:51 pm Reply with quote

I can't imagine what it would be like to be in the middle of a difficult labour and then be stuck in a centrifuge machine. The baby is coming out of a real human being, you know.

653906.  Wed Jan 06, 2010 11:24 am Reply with quote

Well, I would have thought having the difficult labour over with would be what the woman concerned would welcome?

1180434.  Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:41 pm Reply with quote

In 1985 on the 100th anniversary of Jumbo’s death, the city of St. Thomas, Ontario (where the accident occurred) dedicated a 38-ton statue, which is one and a half times the actual size of Jumbo, as a tribute to the most famous elephant who ever lived. A photograph of the statue can be seen at

Children love it!

1180438.  Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:51 pm Reply with quote

Hi oldgal77 and welcome to the forums :-)

Thank you for the link and the picture.

1180514.  Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:55 pm Reply with quote

That sure beats Vegreville, AB's Easter Egg!


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