Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Elephants on parade

The circus is in town, and yesterday they had the annual Pachyderm Parade where the elephants arrived by train and walked the rest of the way into the city. There were five of them, walking a lot faster than I was expecting, with each elephant's trunk clutching the tail of the elephant in front of them. I had mixed feelings about watching the animals because on the one hand I felt sad for them - they should be free to roam where they wish (or at least safe in zoos not performing for an audience). But they were so cute, and so amazing, that it was a privilege to be able to see them up close. I really hope they're happy and well taken care of.

More information on elephants, as well as resources, opportunities for volunteerism, activism, and donations can be found at Defenders of Wildlife.

4 comments:

Protege said...

I so agree with you; we have a circus coming to town every year in the late spring and people can go and see the elephants, when they are in a pen outside. I feel the same sentiments as you; it is wonderful to see them up close, but I also feel they should be free in nature.
Love the picture.;))

Highmaintenancemom said...

Ali would have loved to seen them that up close!

Hazel Designs said...

Protege, I'm glad you understand how I was feeling!

Hazel Designs said...

HMM, she would've loved it. There were a lot of kids there!