|Photo Courtesy David Sheldrick Trust.|
Elephant of the great heart.
Once an orphan, still a child,
Now you play the mother's part.
Do you remember how you lost your mum,
Leaving you the traumatised one?
Now Kithaka feels your consoling trunk,
And loving heart.
What guides the love you now impart?
Is that just instinct?
Or intelligent art?
Elephant of the great soul.
You need take on the mother's role.
Do you whisper? " I know the pain.
But here you're with family again."
As poachers take their deadly toll,
The killing soars out of control,
To satisfy the Chinese role.
That bloody trade, so inhumane!
When will it end?
What will remain?
Elephant of the loving heart,
You show us how the healing starts.
This photo now just sent to me
Of human made refugees,
Provokes my thought, how can it be,
That man feels such superiority
Over the lowly beasts?
When it comes to love and morality,
Who knows the most?
Who knows the least?
Read about elephant's intelligence and complex social codes here- Elephant intelligence
How is it, that young orphans themselves, welcome a strange orphan to their young herd?
Why can we not believe they have the intelligence to recognize what each new orphan has been through, and can console another to recover from trauma?
Who are the beasts?
Read the orphan stories here- http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp one of the leading elephant and rhino sanctuaries in Africa.
Our plan is to visit the sanctuary in Nairobi, hopefully as early as July 2012. It's a big buzz to read about about our adopted ele orphans in each monthly report; we really look forward to them!
For a small annual amount you too can help in saving Africa's wildlife. When we all work together we make a big difference.