Saturday, March 24, 2007

Don't Mess With A 'Phant

Continuing the tradition begun yesterday, this was also posted after midnight, and is actually Friday’s entry.

Jeff Corwin, who has a nature show on the Animal Planet channel, was helping bathe an elephant the other night on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program, “360.” Elephants are gentle animals but, as is the case for all animals, occasionally they get a little un-gentle at times.

This was one of those times. Our long-nosed friend took Jeff in its mouth, shook him like a rag doll and flung him aside. Jeff could have been on the obit page of the next day’s New York Times, but he survived with hardly any injuries at all. That, in itself, is amazing.

When people suddenly go wild, we say they have snapped, or the defense lawyers say it was temporary insanity. When animals do it, they are just reverting to their natural state. Which animals? All of them.

Watch when you are fooling around with your cat. The usual playful stuff you do every day, but then the cat’s eyes change, its ears go back and you suddenly realize Mother Nature has clicked something on and you’d better back off fast. Put three friendly dogs together and you have the start of a vicious pack that will revert to what appears to be something akin to a bunch of wolves in the wilderness. You begin to wonder if you can even trust your cute little pet bunny.


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