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August 20, 2013

This Makes Us Happy

More elephants are always a good thing:

The National Zoo is getting three new Asian elephants, boosting the size of its herd to seven and more than doubling the number of elephants it had just three months ago, officials said Tuesday.

The three female elephants will be coming from the Calgary Zoo in Canada, but not until next spring. They will further populate the National Zoo’s new elephant complex and provide a laboratory for the study of elephant life and society.

We have to admit that we have never visited an Elephant Complex before. This, however, makes us sad:

The Calgary Zoo’s male elephant, Ganesh, nicknamed Spike, is being sent to Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla.

If the Editorial Staff had a male elephant - say in our back yard - we would like to name him, "Ganesh". Sadly, the Spousal Unit does not look with favor upon our pachydermal aspirations.


We can't help worrying a bit about the influx of Asian elephants. What about the African elephants? Is diversity not important to the folks at the National Zoo?

Tragic, tragic stuff.

Posted by Cassandra at August 20, 2013 06:16 PM

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I would so love to live with an elephant. I never would, because they live so long I could never be sure of providing a safe lifetime home, and they must be horrendously expensive to keep. They eat some amazing volume of green stuff every day.

Posted by: Texan99 at August 20, 2013 09:15 PM

Just get a baby elephant. He'll never notice it until it's too big to get out of the back yard... :P

Posted by: Pogue at August 20, 2013 10:57 PM

Better buy a largish farm to go w/ that; they go through a *lot* of hay!

Posted by: CAPT Mike at August 21, 2013 01:20 AM