Wednesday, December 19, 2012
— My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "E" / Thursday Two Questions —
"E" is for Elephant. I found these plush toy elephants at our local Toys"R"Us® store at the Woodlands (Texas) last night.
Please note that both sizes are FAO Schwarz toys that are now being carried at the Toys"R"Us® stores. The small size is $13.99 while the larger one, picture on the right here, is $149.99. Elephants weren't on our shopping list so we didn't buy any.
The rest of the pictures below (you can click on the pictures to make them larger) are of some of the elephants that we saw at the circus this summer (our pictures and story with KP). I have a 'special place' for elephants, they are such remarkable animals. Their memories are remarkable too.
Before the circus we were 'up close' for the first two pictures when we got to watch the lone elephant, Asia, paint a picture. After Asia finished painting she proudly showed her art work to the audience. (YouTube Video link of this act)
Unfortunately elephants are often physically abused by their impatient caretakers. The ivory from elephant tusks sells at a premium. Poachers, mainly in the wilds and preserves of Africa, are killing the elephants for those tusks. I believe a few are cut off while the lovely beast is alive.
A nice book about circus elephants is Water for Elephant, a historical novel by Sara Gruen. Gruen originally wrote the novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. It later was made into a movie. I have read the book but haven't seen the movie (link). The book is about a circus elephant and her trainer. I am giving it a BIG thumbs up.
==>The Alphabe- Thursday portion of this post will be critiqued by Head Mistress Jenny.
Now for my Thursday Two Questions.
Last week was about a couple of "D" words, Dum Dums and Donuts. I enjoyed the way you discussed your sweet tooth or lack of it.
My Two Questions for this week (you can answer just one if you wish):
==>My Thursday Two Questions post is for Amanda.
2. That's a great question that's never had a legitimate answer up to now. It would be great to come up with some solution.
3. Elation is my favorite "E" word. I love the feeling of elation.
Have a terrific day. :)
I am not sure if there is anything more we can do to eliminate the cruelty all together. Just like the crimes of this world, there will always be the bad apples. It is like saying I wish there is only good people in this world...
The price jump dramatically on those elephants from small to big. :-)
All the cell phone providers in Singapore do not have any stock for iPhone5 now. Most probably, the stocks had been diverted to China where 5 million sets were sold during the first weekend of release in the country. Hopefully, iPhone5 is available for Mrs Jim in USA :)
I haven't read the book or seen the movie yet, maybe I check for it on Netflix or Amazon.
The only way to prevent cruelty to animals is to get involved. Start at your local level. Do some research and make contacts. Even the smallest thing can make a difference.
My favorite E word is Equal.
Such an interesting *E* post – great shots. No, haven't seen the film & totally agree with comment above ref cruelty to animals. We must all get involved!
(And yes, I do minimum 30 mins per week walking or, if possible, running!)
Have a great Alphabe-Thursday and weekend too,
Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday
Support for elephants safety ~ There are several organizations to donate to that might help save the elephants and overall we as a world need to change and stop the greed and violence to humans, animals and the earth ~
(A Creative Harbor ~ aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^
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I have not read the book, but have seen the movie. The cruelty was hard to watch -- both to the elephant and to Reese Witherspoon's character, but it ended well, with love for the elephant. A really good movie. Not sure I'd want to pay $149 for any stuffed animal, no matter the size!
How do we stop the mistreatment of animals and children?
Ever hear of the white elephant in the room or a gift?
I've seen the movie about water for elephants. Sometimes you wished you had read the books first. I think in the movie, they put too much focus on the people and romance and not the animals, but it was an interesting movie.
I think as long as earth is, you'll have a balance of people who cares deeply and will fight to keep animals safe and the others who will fight to use them for gain. Let's hope good wins all the time.
Have a Merry Christmas!
If only the laws governing the use of ivory were upheld, and poachers prosecuted to the full extent of the law, all would be well in elelphant land!
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And I've never seen an elephant laying down before. That picture was interesting!
Thanks for an excellent link to Alphabe-Thursday!
Happy New Year!