Do you speak Elephantese?……….

A female African Bush Elephant in Mikumi Natio...

A female African Bush Elephant in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania Français : Femelle éléphant africaine au Parc national de Mikumi, Tanzanie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because if you do, there’s an arbitration role waiting for you at the Franklin Zoo at Tuakau, south of Auckland.

Sadly Jumbo, an African elephant who was rescued(?) from a circus a couple of years ago after a campaign by animal rightists, has killed the veterinarian who was trying to work with her.

Jumbo’s original circus owners say this happened because the staff at the zoo were not specialist elephant handlers and didn’t know how to treat her properly.    The zoo staff are keeping quiet at present – quite properly in the circumstances – but the SPCA has spoken in the zoo’s defence claiming that Jumbo was treated well  and that the vet’s death was an unfortunate accident not an attack.

In the meantime the circus spolesman says  that for the 3 days Jumbo was in the care of the SPCA before  the zoo gave her a home, she was left to stand in her own dung and urine.  An allegation which  the SPCA vehemently denies.

This has all the ingredients of a thoroughly entertaining  ‘He said…she said..’ fracas but no-one has yet bothered to ask Jumbo, who after all knows the truth of the matter, for her opinion.

So if you can help,  raise your paw now.     As well as being able to talk to all felines whatever their dialect, I speak Ratish, Mouseish and that super-ugly argot called doggish but I’ve never had the chance to learn Elephantese.     However  I’d be prepared to try if that would help as I suspect Jumbo needs all the friends she can find at the moment since there’s bound to be a few voices asking for her to be ‘put down’.

N.B.    Will this incident be full of the hypocrisy and double standards of homo sapiens?    When big cats or smelly dogs are responsible for a human death they are promptly euthanased and few people complain.    When one human kills another the rest spend years holding trials and arguing about it.    So I wonder what will they decide to do about Jumbo………


2 thoughts on “Do you speak Elephantese?……….

    • Latest news on Jumbo is that she is in a holding pattern with no decisions yet made. The zoo authorities would like to send her to an elephant sanctuary in California so she can live out her days with her own kind but as that would cost approx $1 million it may not happen. Added to which they say she is so traumatised by her experiences (circus? zoo?) that she needs time to recover. Cynically I suspect that they will wait until the media fuss dies down and if no-one stumps up a big donation it might be the big needle.

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