The true magnitude of a six tonne elephant…
Not the same cheetah,
but a cheetah just the same.
And my hand came away in tact.
Ever wondered if an elephant had teeth.
Now you know.
Finally something we won’t get to
experience again this year.
A few months back I received a Facebook comment
that visitors can no longer do this.
I did not ask why, maybe the elephant died.
However, more likely is that tourists (in their wisdom)
did not listen to, and follow, very specific instructions
as happened on this day.
…my Grade 6 teacher told us that
the pressure (per square inch) under
a woman’s high heel shoe is greater than
the pressure per square inch under
an elephants foot.
Fifty-one years later I captured these images
which may help explain why it is indeed
a lesser pressure under an elephant’s foot.
However, I try to keep my toes away
from elephants and high heels! 🙂
“What exerts more pressure-per-square inch when walking
a 100 lb woman in high heels or a 6,000 lb elephant
in bare feet?
[At the moment when only the heel rests on the ground.]
(Stiletto heels have an area of about 1/16 of a square inch.
Elephants, unlike humans, walk with two feet
on the ground at a time.
Each foot is about 40 square inches.
Thus, the woman “wins” by far
more than 1,500 psi versus 75 psi.)”
With dreams of Africa again next year,
my Details post comes from where else…Africa. 🙂
Our first 2013 elephant sighting in
….did not provide any more detail
than we would note at a zoo.
Even this tusk while showing more detail
is still a cropped effort from a fair distance,
therefore not really good.
Tembo, a 6 ton male, helped us out.
Note the eye and lashes.
Not to mentioned the size of
the nail clippers required
to keep his feet manicured. 🙂
By now you have realised he is
on the ground for inspection.
MGW found a warm spot under her hand.
She blushed a bit when told it was
the heat from his testicles.
Although no-one in our group wore one
many local females (from memory)
were wearing a wrist bracelet
made from elephant tail hair.
Not a cabbage leaf, rather the rear side Tembo’s ear.
Apparently the flapping of ears
helps with air conditioning the body.
Note the wear and tear of life on the tusk.
While in the area of tusks, this is a sight
I have never before seen, or am likely to see again.
A work colleague of 2013 did not recognise
this view of Tembo’s trunk.
Want to know how tall an elephant is?
Step 1. Ask it to lie-down on the ground.
Step 2. Measure circumference of its front foot.
Multiply circumference by 2.0 and you have
the height of its shoulder from the ground.
Therefore, a 1.5 metre foot circumference is
equal to 3.0 metres tall at the shoulder.
Elephants have four toes on their front feet,
and only three toes on their rear feet which
are also a very different shape.
Lots of living showing on the tusks.
…there were other things to think of
rather than look at all those details
while we were under Tembo’s trunk.
There seems to be an element of risk
in everyday living these days.
to pat a cheetah…
…although she sowed some sign
of not being happy with one traveller.
Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant
has some risk involved.
The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains
Peak2Peak Gondola Ride
has travellers sailing at a minimum
of 1,400 feet above ground
with only a piece of wire holding things together.
Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.
The riskiest part of any flight
is take off and landing.
And flying over Alaska’s wilds
one always hopes the risk of
engine failure is minimal.
A highlight of our first African Safari was this.
Tembo was then a six ton,
thirty year old elephant.
When he was younger he became ill-tempered
just after his mother was killed, or died,
and he had killed six hippopotamus.
With this knowledge it did take some courage
to step in under his trunk and tusks.
…at Elephant Whispers….
…a cheetah at
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.