spent the morning at an elephant farm. elephants are incredibly sweet, gentle, intelligent, playful giants. they just want to eat & make friends. and if they get a good mahout to take care of them, they can live 75, 80 years. usually outliving their owners.
i shook hands with an elephant today. and by hands, i mean my hand to his trunk. after which he sneezed on me. little friendly advice. if given the choice of getting sneezed on by a horse or an elephant. pick the horse. always. pick. the. horse. i know. i now have experience with both encounters. go with the horse.
cause A: a lot more comes out when an elephant projectiles. and 2: elephant snot is goopier. so as it slides down your arm, it leaves a slimy track on your bare skin. which is actually rather convenient. you know exactly where to scrub the bleach. and whether you missed a spot.
i also rode on an elephant that meandered thru a river. there’s nothing like looking down, seeing a brown spherical object float by, pointing and exclaiming “oh look, a coconut!” only to have the response be “that’s not a coconut.”