World Elephants Day – Facts To Touch Your Heart

A mother and baby elephant standing in the dirt

Every year August 12, we celebrate the heaviest mammal on the earth. Let’s have a look at few interesting facts about elephants, some of which will pierce right through your heart, and some through your brains too.

What’s the first thing that strikes you, with the word Elephant?

Perhaps, a picture of a gigantic creature with large tusks moving freely in the jungle. Sure, he has a magnificent body, but on this World Elephants Day, let’s remember the mighty creature for his soft heart too.

Elephants – Big Body With A Bigger Heart

Recently, a baby elephant slipped at a Thai waterfall. Any guesses what happened next? Six more elephants strived to save the baby, but alas!! All of them ended up falling one by one, only two could be saved.

Elephants are one of the most empathetic creatures ever. Having strong family ties, when a weak member has to be left alone by the herd, the entire herd grieves over the loss. A cow (female elephant) carries her baby for a whopping 22 months in her stomach. Hence, on the death of a new-born, you can literally see the mother agonizing through her sunken eyes and drooping ears. Besides, an elephant experience grief, jealousy, anger, and happiness exactly the way a human does. 

World Elephants Day – Facts To Touch Your Heart
World Elephants Day – Facts To Touch Your Heart

Stronger Than Elephant?? Human Selfishness

How do you enslave a powerful mammoth? Physically? Nope. You have to attack her heart. Similarly, baby elephants are separated from mothers at a tender age. The pain and helplessness force the mother to perform at circuses, or get ridden by heavy loads or tourists.

They are made to take tons of loads in the scorching heat and deprived of food and water to the point of death. Trainers use bullhooks, electric shocks, large metal chains to punish them at the slightest mistake. They are tied with metal chains to force them to stand for days together, for the so-called training.

As if slaying was not enough, we started mercilessly killing them. Meanwhile, as you read this blog, 4-5 of them are getting killed somewhere in Africa or Thailand. Only to decorate our houses or bodies with Ivory based decorators or ornaments, 100 elephants are killed daily, even today.

They poop 300 pounds – balancing the ecosystem

Elephants consume a large variety of vegetation; they eat over 600 pounds of food daily. This results in tons of dung since they live in groups. Meanwhile, the dung contains a variety of seeds, which spread across as elephants poop at different places. Various plants rely on animals alone for getting seeds. Besides, elephant dung is an excellent fertilizer. Thus, it nourishes the soil and helps plants grow better, stopping land from becoming barren.

World Elephants Day – Facts To Touch Your Heart
World Elephants Day – Facts To Touch Your Heart

Furthermore, it has some surprising uses too like being a mosquito repellant, useful for biogas or manufacturing of eco-friendly paper.

As we strive to achieve sustainable development, elephants can’t be ignored, since they balance our ecosystem by maintaining the cycle of vegetation.

Not more are left

In less than a decade, from 2006 to 2015 we lost around 100k elephants. ICUN stated in 2012 that only 450-700k African & 35-40k Asian elephants remain. And, it’s quite possible, that our kids get to see elephants just in pictures, as pieces of history. On this World Elephants Day, maybe we should pledge certain things.

  • No ivory (though its banned people get it from Asia even today).
  • On our trip to Thailand or Africa, no elephant rides or elephant circuses.
  • Even if you are forced to ride given the situation, feed the elephant, chances are he hasn’t eaten enough for months together.

Seemingly small, these measures are extremely effective to stop the cruelty against elephants.

Whether or not to take this pledge is your call. Many have taken it, and maybe you should too.

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