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1079562.  Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:53 pm Reply with quote

Q: Twice a year, by the use of which three elements are/were circus elephants groomed?
1. A blowtorch is/was used to shave their hair covering, apparently painless if used quickly'

2. When the elephant is trimmed, steel brushes are/were used to scrub the pachyderm 'clean'.

3. Liberal coats of oil (1-2) are/were applied; oil soaks into the skin, which is now pliable, and less conducive to sores.
Circus elephants' feet should also be trimmed twice yearly, with first a knife then a file for smoothness.
In its natural habitat an elephant can rub off hair growth.
The generally sedentary life of circus elephants, along with zoo existence, necessitates(d) such beauty treatment.

Extracted from:
Popular Mechanics, April 1939, Vol. 71, No 4 Page 487.

Phil Campbell
Rotorua NZ.

1079663.  Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:14 am Reply with quote

Welcome to the forums Phil - love the thing about the blowtorch - very counter-intuitive.

1079692.  Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:16 pm Reply with quote

Surprised it wasn't trumpeted much earlier - by animal rights groups. - Phil.


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