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2019-03-13 05:47:07 PM  
What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin
 
2019-03-13 09:13:13 PM  
Shoot anything with a heartbeat.

/ JK
 
2019-03-13 09:16:48 PM  
They are tasty
 
2019-03-13 09:16:50 PM  
The elephant, named F_MU1 and whom Burrard-Lucas called the Elephant Queen, died of natural causes shortly after Burrard-Lucas photographed her.

Anyone know what the missing letter is?  I'm stumped.
 
2019-03-13 09:17:42 PM  
Beautiful photographs.
 
2019-03-13 09:18:18 PM  
Wow. I didn't know "super tuskers" existed. Amazing animals, it is a shame that people would poach them or buy their ivory. I find the elephants crackly skin to be almost as fascinating as her tusks.
 
2019-03-13 09:18:34 PM  
Seems more sad than interesting.
 
2019-03-13 09:18:55 PM  
way to steal her soul, jerkwad.
 
2019-03-13 09:19:16 PM  

Supadope: What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin


Neat. Feels so gooood, and has farkall to do with who's actually consuming poached ivory.
 
2019-03-13 09:21:21 PM  
If I'm not gonna eat it I'm not gonna shoot it!
I'll stick w/what I'll eat.... .Deer, rabbit, wild boar, elk and if I have more than 1/2 of last year's kills in the freezer I'm not gonna waste the price of a licence to keep killin what I'm not eating either too.
 
2019-03-13 09:21:38 PM  
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2019-03-13 09:22:04 PM  
God damn people can be bastards. We share the same continent with these animals for 300,000 years and then suddenly someone decides pachyderm pecker pills will bring Mr Happy to attention again.
 
2019-03-13 09:24:03 PM  
Pretty, but I wonder if tusks that long are actually a niusance for the animal.

/Not an elephantologist
 
2019-03-13 09:24:07 PM  

Supadope: What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin


The trump kids
 
2019-03-13 09:28:34 PM  

Chemlight Battery: Pretty, but I wonder if tusks that long are actually a niusance for the animal.

/Not an elephantologist


I think in retrospect the elephants would argue the discovery of their tusks has proved the nuisance
 
2019-03-13 09:34:54 PM  
Elephant handler is my dream reincarnation. Absolutely nothing could make me happier. I want to be a mahout, working with my elephant friends, making an honest living.
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2019-03-13 09:35:01 PM  

Chemlight Battery: Pretty, but I wonder if tusks that long are actually a niusance for the animal.

/Not an elephantologist


I was thinking that as well. They may look amazing, but I bet they are hard to move with. Kinda like those people who have the 3ft long finger nails.
 
2019-03-13 09:35:45 PM  
That's a tired looking creature.

The tusk hunting is a shiatty thing for us to do to the rest of her species. Hope her life was devoid of those issues not only for herself but her family.

RIP Elephant Queen, you've earned the rest.
 
2019-03-13 09:35:48 PM  

The Flexecutioner: way to steal her soul, jerkwad.


Funny, she didn't look Amish...

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2019-03-13 09:37:31 PM  
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2019-03-13 09:38:19 PM  

Supadope: What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin


That's not going to stop poachers selling ivory to East Asia.
 
2019-03-13 09:39:56 PM  
Easy to say stop the poaching when you can't even imagine how hard it is for certain people to make a living. South Park made a great point of explaining this in the Somali pirate episode.
 
2019-03-13 09:40:22 PM  

nullptr: Wow. I didn't know "super tuskers" existed. Amazing animals, it is a shame that people would poach them or buy their ivory.


Saw off the tusks. Preemption. They do that with rhinos.
 
2019-03-13 09:43:21 PM  

BigNumber12: Supadope: What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin

Neat. Feels so gooood, and has farkall to do with who's actually consuming poached ivory.


fark trophy hunters is a good end unto itself.
 
2019-03-13 09:50:02 PM  

SloppyFrenchKisser: Shoot anything with a heartbeat.

/ JK


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I have a heartbeat...
 
2019-03-13 09:50:16 PM  
I think it should be open session on poachers.
 
2019-03-13 10:01:42 PM  

Kiler: I think it should be open session on poachers.


Racist!
 
2019-03-13 10:12:52 PM  
Read a Scientific American article the other day (Oct 2018).

They figure, based on math and shiat, that in 200 years the biggest mammal on Earth is going to be the cow.

Om nom nom.
 
2019-03-13 10:13:44 PM  

patcarew: Read a Scientific American article the other day (Oct 2018).

They figure, based on math and shiat, that in 200 years the biggest mammal on Earth is going to be the cow.

Om nom nom.


Math and shiat was always my favorite subject in school.
 
2019-03-13 10:26:24 PM  

jaytkay: Elephant handler is my dream reincarnation. Absolutely nothing could make me happier. I want to be a mahout, working with my elephant friends, making an honest living.
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If you haven't, you should read "BEHEMOTH: The history of the Elephant in America."
Fascinating, excellent read. But very very sad.
 
2019-03-13 10:30:57 PM  

Kiler: I think it should be open session on poachers.


Umm. In most places it is.
 
2019-03-13 10:36:38 PM  
Here's a pic I took of an elephant near Tsavo that was munching on some grass next to the road. Pretty tame from my experience but I definitely get out of the way when they start growling. Zoom zoom.

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2019-03-13 10:42:09 PM  
It's not clear to me from the article if super-tuskers are aberration or a desperate species.  Anyone?
 
2019-03-13 10:42:34 PM  

jaytkay: Elephant handler is my dream reincarnation. Absolutely nothing could make me happier. I want to be a mahout, working with my elephant friends, making an honest living.
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You may decide against being a mahout after reading this:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/loisalte​r​mark/2018/04/27/no-more-elephant-rides​-love-and-bananas-shows-how-to-be-a-re​sponsible-tourist

The film "Love and Bananas" is an important film, and shows how badly elephants are treated in many parts of the world.
 
2019-03-13 10:49:17 PM  

Lipspinach: If you haven't, you should read "BEHEMOTH: The history of the Elephant in America."


I have not, thank you!!!
 
2019-03-13 10:51:34 PM  

stuartp9: You may decide against being a mahout after reading this:
...
The film "Love and Bananas" is an important film, and shows how badly elephants are treated in many parts of the world.


I will be the Gandhi for elephants. Or the Cesar Chavez, or the MLK.
 
2019-03-13 10:53:54 PM  

thisispete: God damn people can be bastards. We share the same continent with these animals for 300,000 years and then suddenly someone decides pachyderm pecker pills will bring Mr Happy to attention again.


Suddenly Asians decide pachyderm pecker pills will bring Mr Happy to attention.
Go ahead, you can say it. Asians.
 
2019-03-13 10:56:16 PM  

Sharksfan: It's not clear to me from the article if super-tuskers are aberration or a desperate species.  Anyone?


Separate species, thank you very much auto-correct!
 
2019-03-13 10:57:30 PM  

Sharksfan: Sharksfan: It's not clear to me from the article if super-tuskers are aberration or a desperate species.  Anyone?

Separate species, thank you very much auto-correct!


They are not a separate species. They are, however, a desperate species.
 
2019-03-13 10:59:18 PM  

patcarew: Read a Scientific American article the other day (Oct 2018).

They figure, based on math and shiat, that in 200 years the biggest mammal on Earth is going to be the cow.

Om nom nom.


And they would be wrong. The temptation is to look at current trends and to fall into either the Malthusian or the Extrapolation trap.

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Practically every country in Eastern and Southern Africa is taking valiant measures to save their megafauna. Wolves and Brown Bears are spreading in Western Europe. Russia is determined to save their Tigers, not to mention de-extincting their Mammoths. In North America the Plains Bison recently passed half a million, and the Woods Bison (both larger than cattle), not to mention their healthy populations of large bears and whales.

And speaking of whales, in the Southern Oceans in particular there are thousands of whales lager than the largest cows. Japan takes several hundred smaller whales per year, but the big species' populations are growing by 8% to 10% a year. No one is hunting them and everyone wants to make sure they survive.

Ignoring the marine mammals, there are only what, a half dozen or so genuses of land mammals larger than cows: elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, bison, and maybe some bears. None are going to go extinct, though they'll certainly be pressured and locally extirpated. But let's not panic just yet.
 
2019-03-13 11:48:22 PM  

Stone Meadow: patcarew: Read a Scientific American article the other day (Oct 2018).

They figure, based on math and shiat, that in 200 years the biggest mammal on Earth is going to be the cow.

Om nom nom.

And they would be wrong. The temptation is to look at current trends and to fall into either the Malthusian or the Extrapolation trap.

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Practically every country in Eastern and Southern Africa is taking valiant measures to save their megafauna. Wolves and Brown Bears are spreading in Western Europe. Russia is determined to save their Tigers, not to mention de-extincting their Mammoths. In North America the Plains Bison recently passed half a million, and the Woods Bison (both larger than cattle), not to mention their healthy populations of large bears and whales.

And speaking of whales, in the Southern Oceans in particular there are thousands of whales lager than the largest cows. Japan takes several hundred smaller whales per year, but the big species' populations are growing by 8% to 10% a year. No one is hunting them and everyone wants to make sure they survive.

Ignoring the marine mammals, there are only what, a half dozen or so genuses of land mammals larger than cows: elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, bison, and maybe some bears. None are going to go extinct, though they'll certainly be pressured and locally extirpated. But let's not panic just yet.


I fuxking hope so. srsly
 
2019-03-13 11:59:15 PM  
CSB time

I love elephants so much. When I was about six years old, my parents woke us up before dawn and took us to watch the circus arrive on a train. The elephants were the heavy equipment. They erected the circus tent poles.

I fed an elephant peanuts, Their trunks are wet like a dog nose and they took the peanuts with the trunk "fingertips" and stuffed them in their mouths.

/CSB


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2019-03-14 12:13:11 AM  

Chemlight Battery: patcarew: Read a Scientific American article the other day (Oct 2018).

They figure, based on math and shiat, that in 200 years the biggest mammal on Earth is going to be the cow.

Om nom nom.

Math and shiat was always my favorite subject in school.


When I went to school, I took advanced-placement math too, but it was "Calc BC" not "Calc BM"
 
2019-03-14 12:15:11 AM  

limboslam: thisispete: God damn people can be bastards. We share the same continent with these animals for 300,000 years and then suddenly someone decides pachyderm pecker pills will bring Mr Happy to attention again.

Suddenly Asians decide pachyderm pecker pills will bring Mr Happy to attention.
Go ahead, you can say it. Asians.


No ferratio for you...too fracid.
 
2019-03-14 12:17:29 AM  

jaytkay: CSB time

I love elephants so much. When I was about six years old, my parents woke us up before dawn and took us to watch the circus arrive on a train. The elephants were the heavy equipment. They erected the circus tent poles.

I fed an elephant peanuts, Their trunks are wet like a dog nose and they took the peanuts with the trunk "fingertips" and stuffed them in their mouths.

/CSB


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Now you know how a guy feels when you pretend to admire his so-small penis.
 
2019-03-14 12:29:31 AM  

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I can hook you up.  A friend of mine is neighbors with a guy who has been trying to train African elephants to carry tourists on safari. My buddy has twice now been called by his neighbor to borrow his ladder. To get pieces of the mahout out of the treetops.  African elephants are not at all like Indian ones when it comes to taking crap from hairless monkeys.

On a less negative note (CSB time!) my sister's wedding was on a barge on the Okavango river, timed so that the wedding photos could be taken right as the elephants came down to the river for their evening drink.  Two groups came to the same spot by the river and mingled, greeting each other with with sniffs of the trunk, mingling and hanging out elephant style.  One group had a little baby with them.  Baby *loved* the water. Splashing around squirting adults with her trunk (she was young enough that wagging your head back and forth really hard so your trunk smacks your ears is still a new and exciting game).  As the sun set the two groups began to separate and head back into the bush.  Baby was still mesmerized by the water and didn't realize what was happening until the two groups were about 50 ft from the water's edge, at which point she became alarmed and scampered towards one of them.  As she got close the last elephant in the group turned, raised its trunk and honked at her.  Realizing her mistake, baby turned towards the other group running as fast as her little stumpy legs would carry her towards her waiting mom. Her family group didn't stop , just slowly ambled towards the bush, and as mom and baby caught up the group of elephants just kind of naturally opened up to create a space in the middle where mom and baby took their places, the group closing up behind them, putting mom and baby safe and sound right in the middle. 20 years later I still smile and tear up a bit when I think about it.  That was one loved little baby.

CSB 2: A friend of the family back in the day was a wildlife photographer.  He captured pics of a young inexperienced male lion who thought a baby elephant would be a good dinner. Pic 1 is of the lion on the baby elephants back as the baby screams for it's mother.  Pic 2 is of mom next to the baby, trunk in the air, and the lion about 20 above her. Pic 3 is a big cloud of dust, with the top of mom's head barely visible above it.  Pic 4 is a big dark wet smear on the ground.  There was nothing left that was identifiable without DNA testing.  I love elephants, but I love them from far away.
 
2019-03-14 12:49:47 AM  

Pernicious Q. Varmint: I can hook you up.  A friend of mine is neighbors with a guy who has been trying to train African elephants to carry tourists on safari.


What are the prospects for a penniless American? I speak only English. I work hard. I'm an operations guy - when someone else has a vision and long-term plan, I'm really good at making it happen.
 
2019-03-14 01:59:28 AM  

jaytkay: Pernicious Q. Varmint: I can hook you up.  A friend of mine is neighbors with a guy who has been trying to train African elephants to carry tourists on safari.

What are the prospects for a penniless American? I speak only English. I work hard. I'm an operations guy - when someone else has a vision and long-term plan, I'm really good at making it happen.


Did you miss the bit about how the elephants have twice killed the mahout?   I last talked to my buddy about this maybe 5 years ago, but I'll check and see if his nutter neighbor is still trying to tame untamable animals.  I am firmly opposed to messing with elephants, but if you are cool with the likelihood of ending up in little pieces scattered through the bush I suppose it's better than letting some poor guy imported from India end up as vulture kibble.

I'll ask my buddy next time I get a chance and if the crazy elephant guy hasn't given up or been killed I'll let you know.
 
2019-03-14 05:19:20 AM  

BigNumber12: Supadope: What a majestic creature.

Boycott companies run by big game hunters.
GoDaddy
Jimmy Johns
That dental office in Wisconsin

Neat. Feels so gooood, and has farkall to do with who's actually consuming poached ivory.


It's not poached ivory that bothers most of us, is the needless death of something like a rhino or an elephant. The reason for its death is just as meaningless and just because it won't fix all of the problem, or even the lion's share, it doesn't mean it isn't worth doing.
 
2019-03-14 09:24:57 AM  
R.I.P. Super Tusker.
 
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