So….you’ve always wondered what elephant poop looks like? Here’s your chance.
We often request photos and videos from the caregivers so we can share our girls with all of you. There is a lot that needs to be done in a day, so getting nice photos is definitely a conscious and extra effort on everyone’s part. This morning when I mentioned needing pictures to catch up on Instagram, Karissa sent this one and asked, ‘How about this?’ And because we all have an off sense of humor, we thought- perfect.
The lesson of the day (so we can count this as a teaching moment)- Asian dung is much nicer than African dung. Healthy Asian elephant dung forms nice little cannonballs that are made up mostly of grass or hay. They even smell somewhat nice. As people who have worked around elephants for many years, yes, on occasion, we will pick them up with our hands. Yep, we’re a little gross.
African elephant dung is much looser and not something we would pick up. It’s more like a cow pattie. And continuing on the ‘gross’ note we are already on, captive African elephants will throw it on themselves when they are hot- usually only when they’re in the barn. But they will get it on the walls, ceiling and anywhere else you can possibly imagine. We used to refer to them as poop parties.
Now you know.
July 27, 2019