Friday, 12 August 2011

That Friday Feeling...12/08/11

This week's theme is ELEPHANTS! Another great animal that I love. One of my most memorable experiences was visiting an elephant sanctuary in Kerala, India about 5 years ago and it really stuck with me. The highlight of the day had been washing the elephants in the river and then helping to lead them all back to their various homes. We didn't get the opportunity to ride them - they were sanctuary elephants that had been used for work but had either been mistreated or were too old for further work. There were a few baby elephants though and they were SO cute! I've seen a few elephants over on Etsy so thought they would make an interesting theme. So here are today's shout out pieces - enjoy!

You have to love these little ellie brooches by CLScraftcreations. They are so adorable!

Elephant pouches by SugarCane. I like the blue one best... 

Cute little magnet from Fabthomson

And a gorgeous elephant print by CarolineRoseArt
As always you get a few snippets of information about elephants...


  • Did you know that female elephants are pregnant for 2 YEARS - that's a very long time to be pregnant for...! 
  • Once a baby elephant has been born, all the female elephants in the herd help to raise the baby - elephants are very community-spirited. If the offspring whimpers or is upset the other elephants will go over to caress and touch it. Isn't that such a lovely thing to know?
  • Elephants can live to about 70 years old and reach maturity when they are about 14
  • Trunks are not used for drinking with - water is sucked into them and then squirted into the elephant's mouth.
  • Elephants are covered in stiff hairs - it was quite weird touching and washing elephants as I had always assumed they have smooth skin. They don't - it's really rough and the hairs are really tough and inflexible.
  • Asian elephants are more closely related to the extinct mammoth than they are to African elephants. 
  • Because they are so large, adult African elephants have no predators other than man, elephant calves however can fall victim to lions and crocodiles. 
  • In many countries, elephants are viewed as a symbol of wisdom. 

5 comments:

PoetessWug said...

Believe it or not, none of the snippets of info threw me today! I knew all of these things about elephants before...I love them! There's a 'painting' elephant I used to watch a while back. Her paintings were very colorful...and pulled a lot of money for the sanctuary where she lived...Very nice post today! :-)

Emma said...

Loads of lovely Ellies :D:D:D they are truly amazing animals. Thanks for adding my purses to you wonderful post Emma :D:D:D

Shalotte said...

I remember that painting elephant, didn't her paintings sell like hot cakes

kate said...

What a great and informative blog post! I love elephants too but I must say I'm more fond of mammoths (I can't resist something with fur!). Also - I really love that blue elephant wallet too...

Laura Thomson said...

thank you for including my little fridge magnet :-)

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