My love and heart for elephants began early in my life. I can remember attending a circus in Arkansas City, Ks, my hometown, close to the airport maybe around the mid or late 60’s.
It was a small circus but I remember an elephant that was there. I saw a man hit an elephant that seemed to be doing all the man was asking. The elephants eyes met mine, I mean I literally felt we connected. I fell in love with this elephant. I seemed to feel her pleading, and her pain. After that, I could not laugh and have fun like the rest of the kids, I could only sit and watch my friend turn and march and the beautiful eyes that seemed to see me. How could that be?
I had a dream long after that day where I was the elephant. I was in a circus and I had a friend very much like the one I saw that day. I felt great love for the elephant in the dream and I know I was an elephant. Maybe I was an elephant in another life? I know its not something we truly believe as Christians but I had this bond to that soul that I have never forgotten.
I sit here with tears in my eyes, over my keyboard because I just watched a documentary on HBO called ed “Apology to Elephants.” So sad, these large beautiful creatures made my God are so tortured by humans, and exploited. They said that 36000 elephants a year are killed for their ivory. Why? There is a real concern that elephants are going to be extinct at some point. I hope I never see that type of future.
Elephants are part of our world that we share, they are not apart from us, all animals share this world. They are no less entitled to their happiness and joy of living. Free to love and walk without out fear.
That was really hard to watch. I can’t stop crying. Some may say I am a pansy, a tree hugger, but we should all be concerned about the animals in captivity. They are without representation, we have to watch over those that can’t take care of themselves. They have no voice and didn’t choose the life they were captured into. That connection, all those years ago, was my connection. She touched my heart and I must speak out.
In the years since, a friend of mine posted a wonderful story of how the elephant he worked with for many years was retired to an elephant paradise in California. The story of Wanda is below. Watch out for these beautiful giants, look in their eyes and catch a glimpse of their soul.
That was my sob post. I will try not to do that again for awhile but if I do, you better listen. May God Bless your day.
Read more on Wanda from the Detroit Zoo: