The Mighty Elephant

I think elephants are basically the coolest animals ever.  I mean, did you know that they have 100,000 muscles in their trunk alone?  That’s freakin’ sweet.

They eat 100 kilos and drink 150 kilos per day.  If you’ve never seen an elephant pee, it’s like the Niagra Falls on legs.  (Seriously, they don’t even bother to stop walking).  

Did you know that elephants gestate for 22 months?  I once told a pregnant friend this, and she did not appreciate it.  Are you comparing me to an elephant?

Of course, I learned most of these facts when I did a report on elephants in the 5th grade, but they were reiterated to me when we went to the Siam Safari Elephant camp in the Chalong highlands of Phuket. 

We went on a little 45 minute elephant trek, to some beautiful viewpoints of the island.  It was completey silent and peaceful, and we had developed a bit of a rhythm trekking along on our elephant, when the silence was broken by the shrill voice of Taylor Swift.  Where did that come from, you may ask?  Why, it was the ringtone of our mahout (elephant trainer).  Seriously, I never thought I’d see someone on a cell phone riding an elephant:

Mahout on cell phone

Now, I could tell you more about our elephant trek in Thailand, but I’m going to pull the “I’m a bit of an elephant trekking snob card” here and tell you a better story.  To be honest, elephant trekking in a bus seat on top of the elephant is just not that exciting to me after the types of experiences I’ve had in India before.  So my elephant trekking trump card: 

When I was 9 years old, I was awakened one morning by my grandmother, who dragged me half-asleep to the front door of the house.  I had barely opened my eyes to see an elephant standing within the gates of the compounds of our house before it sprayed me with a bucket of water and I was left there standing soaking wet.  I was then hoisted onto the elephant.  Bareback.  Those things are prickly, by the way.  And then I went on a casual stroll around the neighborhood.  No rugs, no ropes, no bus seat, no elephant trainer;  just me, the elephant, my soaking wet clothes and the peaceful morning. 
I have ridden many an elephant since that day, but no experience has matched that one yet.  But every time I ride an elephant, I still am reminded that they are the coolest animals ever.  They are one of the few things in this world that can still make me feel like a wonderous little girl, and I appreciate that. 

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1 thought on “The Mighty Elephant

  1. I’m with you KB!!!!!! I love elephants too! Was just watching NatGeo “Secret Life of Elephants” when i decided to check your blog……OMG, riding an elephant ! COOLNESS!!! CB

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