Today's Wonder of the World is...the Elephant!
Flickr photo by moocatmoocat
Aren't elephants just the most majestic and yet funny faced creatures you know?
I've been thinking about them ever since that elephant cloud blew into my blog on Friday.
Flickr photo by the inhabitant
In case you haven't noticed, I like elephant gazing too.
My fondness for elephants probably sprouted out of my love for this book from my childhood.
Have you ever read it? I don't remember much about the story except that I used to dream that I was the princess who got to ride on the elephant's back.
Of course now I'd rather imagine the elephants enjoying the wild. But I'll admit that this video does make me pine a bit for those princess dreams.
I hope that those elephants are treated well and like parading about, but maybe that's wishful thinking.
You may be more familiar with these two stars of the elephant world.
And look, there's Babar's ami at the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris.
Flickr photo by sinderin
I think what I like most about elephants is that even though they are enormous, powerful creatures, they're so playful.
Flickr photo by Jillybeanz
Watch these two play. It'll warm your heart! (The best part starts around 33 seconds.)
Their bodies are so fascinating.
Flickr photo by slinkymalinkicat
(You can buy that vintage print here.)
I love their huge flappy ears. Did you know that during the breeding season males produce an odor from a gland behind their eyes? They flap their ears around, propelling their elephant cologne through the jungle air. The single elephant ladies come running, singing "All the single ladies, all the single ladies, Now put your trunk up..."
I also like elephant legs and those stumpy feet. They remind me of pillars. Or tree trunks.
Flickr photo by annabellemartensen
Elephant trunks make me laugh.
Flickr photo by hkarrandjas
Not at you, elephants. No, I'm laughing with you, in delight of all the things you can do with that crazy thing: suck up water to pour in your mouth for a drink or a shower, pull up a single blade of grass or rip a tree out of the ground, and the entwining thing you do with your friends--the elephant version of a handshake.
But you know what's even funnier?
Such a mammoth creature, and yet look at its derriere...
Flickr photo by Roving I
Ha ha ha!
Oh elephant behind, you crack me up.
No, I'm not making fun of your backside, elephant.
I bow before you!
Flickr photo by mario bellavite
If that's a monk, he'd better hope the elephant doesn't have a cold or allergies.
You know what they say...
You should have seen the monk
He sat on the elephant's trunk
The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees
And that was the end of the monk
The monk, the monk, the monk.
Have a wonderful Monday, y'all! And before you pack up your trunk and move on out of here, take a look at this wild animation of an elephant on a trampoline. It looks so real!