Monday, October 22, 2012

Baby Elephants!

While in Kenya Joe and I went to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and saw their baby elephant orphanage.  When a baby elephant has been separated from it's mother they rescue and raise the elephant. I loved the photo above, if you look closely you can see the baby elephants trunk wrapped around his humans hand.

The smallest elephants had blankies tied to their backs!

Here is Joe petting one of the elephants above.

I took many photos of the little elephants playing in the dirt.

They would lay and roll around and fart a lot!

Above you can see a group of children in uniforms that had come from their school on a field trip. The kids were great. They'd get excited to pet the elephant and then a little scared and back up into us adults. We all were mesmerized.

We thought the show was over as they led the baby elephants away...

But then they brought another group. This one had learned how to hold it's bottle.

I loved this little guy with his big ears!

While there there we saw the 3 Gaga Heads a Japanese performance group that reminded me of Blue Man Group. You can see one of their performances here. The Gaga Head to the right, the one in the green posed with all the school children in green, what he didn't know is that I snuck up behind him and gave him bunny ears as his friend took a photo. It made the crowd of us laugh! I hope they post the photo on the Internet, I want to see it!

We were told a great deal about the elephants but what stuck with me most was that once the elephants have been placed with a parade of elephants it lives it's life in the wild. The amazing thing was that years later some of the elephants come back to show their human family their elephant children. What great memories and an amazing connection. 


Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

LOVE the baby elephants. The picture with the school children touching the elephant is pretty neat. And the part about the elephants coming back to visit with their young is heartwarming. Thanks for sharing!

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

You are welcome Cynthia it was a joy to meet these baby elephants!