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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:30 AM

 

Non political photo but it may make you think for a moment.

Last edited Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:01 AM - Edit history (1)

Edited to add a bit of story to the photo.



A lot of stories abound about what prompted the sad suicidal episode of the elephant and the train.

Some say it had a score to settle with the 'Iron Beast'. Rumour has it that it was seeking vengeance for a calf killed earlier by the same train. While others claimed that it was merely defending its herd from the ' new enemy' that has encroached into their domain.

Railway connecting Teluk Anson to Tapah , Ipoh was completed in 1893 and its daily rumbling through the jungle had threatened the habitat of the gentle giants. So it was pay back time. Presumably!

The British Engine Driver could not do anything because it had stood defiantly on the railway tracks and refused to budge in spite of the loud whistling and hooting as the train thundered and hurtled towards it. The beast was really huge and taller than the 'Iron Horse' and it collided with it head on at 50 mph (100km). The impact derailed the engine and 3 coaches.

A lot more at the above link and a good story.

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Reply Non political photo but it may make you think for a moment. (Original post)
Whovian Nov 2012 OP
Art_from_Ark Nov 2012 #1
Whovian Nov 2012 #2
petronius Nov 2012 #4
2naSalit Nov 2012 #3
Whovian Nov 2012 #5
Tigress DEM Nov 2012 #6
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #7
Whovian Nov 2012 #9
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #10
lonestarnot Nov 2012 #8

Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:49 AM

1. It makes me think:

In what snowy, English-speaking region would wild elephants be living?

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:54 AM

2. Malaysia is where the event occured.

 

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:58 AM

4. Malaysia, apparently - not snow, but pale soil and a very old photo

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:55 AM

3. Wow

Just goes to show that animals are sentient, no matter what foolish humans say or think... It also reminded me of Jumbo the elephant, I saw his taxidermied hide in a large, old, dark study hall at Tufts University a long time ago. Sadly, I think it was destroyed in a fire a number of years ago but his story was a legend to my brother and me when we were children. This kind of gives me a chill but also reminds me of the respect I have for animals.

Thanks for posting.

Where was that anyway?

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:12 AM

5. The OP and another of my posts here have been edited to indicate Malaysia.

 

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:16 AM

6. Much like the demise of the GOP - "It stood defiantly... and refused to budge.'

Elephants and Republicans see enemies in something that is different, something they can't dominate.

So much damage due to simple non-comprehension on the part of a noble beast. But you would think their human counterparts would USE the brains they were given for more than to hold up their hats.

Rethugs could learn a lot from this elephant's sad story, but they won't.

They CAN talk, reason, negotiate terms of use, safe passage, personal gain and BE a part of progress. Instead the GOP throws it's herd on the tracks to derail the train.



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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:43 AM

7. gottum linkie?

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Response to Whovian (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:48 AM

10. thanx!

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Response to Whovian (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:46 AM

8. Poor ting.

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