Monday, October 09, 2006

the elephant uprising

the new york times alerts us to an alarming phemonenon, rising elephant terrorism.

perhaps the social fabric of elephant lives is fraying because of moral relativism and abortion like this guy said. maybe they're just sick of you naked apes. i know i am!

i wonder, pooches, do we join the pachyderms in their quest to end naked ape domination? perhaps we should merely co-opt them for our purposes. they're really good at sitting on things, i hear. and it sounds like they could use our help:

Decades of poaching and culling and habitat loss, they claim, have so disrupted the intricate web of familial and societal relations by which young elephants have traditionally been raised in the wild, and by which established elephant herds are governed, that what we are now witnessing is nothing less than a precipitous collapse of elephant culture.

It has long been apparent that every large, land-based animal on this planet is ultimately fighting a losing battle with humankind. And yet entirely befitting of an animal with such a highly developed sensibility, a deep-rooted sense of family and, yes, such a good long-term memory, the elephant is not going out quietly. It is not leaving without making some kind of statement, one to which scientists from a variety of disciplines, including human psychology, are now beginning to pay close attention.


Blogger Gus said...

Hi Wally: I dropped by to check out your blog after you left that nice comment on mine. When I first saw your picture, I thought you might be like my mate, Travis. He is a black lab/Great Dane mix and quite handsome. Instead I find you have short legs, quite similar to mine! Keep up the attitude, I love it.


9:52 PM  
Blogger Marvin The Dog said...

Hi Wally! Grrrrrrrreat to meet you! Lovin' reading your Blog as well. So much to read, so much to blog, so little time, what with walkies and all, plus eating, eating and more eating. Keep on Blogging, love from Marvin The Dog in Bonnie Scotland!

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were wondering - is that photo from the ladies try on room at Macy's? Hahahaha!

Bussie Kissies

1:28 PM  
Blogger Sid the Dog said...

Maybe the elephants are just pissed off about being labeled as Republicans for so long.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Sid the Dog said...

So brutally unfair. Snarky Republican joke aside, a fantastically interesting and incredibly sad read... Maybe it will come as a surprise to some of the folks who read the article, but it all makes perfect sense. If only the elephants could build fences to keep the Great Oppressors out.

10:12 PM  
Blogger wally said...

sid, there is much wisdom in you. i laughed at your gop joke (seriously--poor elyphants!) but i agree about the sadness of the story. what naked apes will do to their fellow mammals. and each other. i don't get it.

12:38 PM  

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