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Damn, not many species would even think to attempt a rescue I would assume

 

 

Eleven wild elephants have died after plunging from the top of a waterfall in Thailand, officials have said.

Heartbreaking images show the lifeless carcasses of the animals, which had been attempting to rescue a three-year-old calf after it had slipped into a ravine while the herd was making its way across a clifftop river.

Only two elephants in the herd are known to have survived the 200-metre (656.17-foot) fall in Thailand’s mountainous northeast on Saturday, officials said.

The bodies of five elephants were spotted by drone near the notorious fall known as Haew Narok (Hell's Fall) in Khao Yai National Park, it was announced on Tuesday, following the discovery of six others at the weekend.

The elephants were trying to cross the river when a strong current swept the young elephant over the edge of the waterfall, officials at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said.

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Sad but I have a bunch of objective issues with these headlines that further the anthropomorphized Disney type narrative.  No question elephants are smart, an particularly smart as animals that know they are being hunted and can learn from experience and teach offspring from said experience, which is not absolute but at least possible.  This headline would lead you to believe that a bunch of magnanimous elephants died tragically trying to save a calf.  The reality is maybe 3 followed the distressed calf into trouble, practically a vocalizing distressed calf in the river and bought the farm and died.  Subsequently a number of other mature elephants followed the same path and bought the farm.   It is sad due to the distressed nature of the Asiatic elephant population...but it also points out the nature of herd animals...they are not people they are smart but they are not sentient beings...one goes the others take a death march.   

Asiatic elephants have been used as work animals, have been used as artillery carriers during the 10,000 day war for that matter..sad again, but not related to their current situation. 

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13 mins ago, buckmaster said:

Sad but I have a bunch of objective issues with these headlines that further the anthropomorphized Disney type narrative.  No question elephants are smart, an particularly smart as animals that know they are being hunted and can learn from experience and teach offspring from said experience, which is not absolute but at least possible.  This headline would lead you to believe that a bunch of magnanimous elephants died tragically trying to save a calf.  The reality is maybe 3 followed the distressed calf into trouble, practically a vocalizing distressed calf in the river and bought the farm and died.  Subsequently a number of other mature elephants followed the same path and bought the farm.   It is sad due to the distressed nature of the Asiatic elephant population...but it also points out the nature of herd animals...they are not people they are smart but they are not sentient beings...one goes the others take a death march.   

Asiatic elephants have been used as work animals, have been used as artillery carriers during the 10,000 day war for that matter..sad again, but not related to their current situation. 

Stand by for a stern talking to from Tim.

 

You’ll be lucky if you don’t get a get a vacation.

 

:rolleyes:

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Possibly, but they are also the closest relative to a whale, remember that orca that carried its dead calf around for 2 weeks?

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44 mins ago, Sandflee said:

Possibly, but they are also the closest relative to a whale, remember that orca that carried its dead calf around for 2 weeks?

That ain't smart at all.

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19 hours ago, buckmaster said:

Sad but I have a bunch of objective issues with these headlines that further the anthropomorphized Disney type narrative.  No question elephants are smart, an particularly smart as animals that know they are being hunted and can learn from experience and teach offspring from said experience, which is not absolute but at least possible.  This headline would lead you to believe that a bunch of magnanimous elephants died tragically trying to save a calf.  The reality is maybe 3 followed the distressed calf into trouble, practically a vocalizing distressed calf in the river and bought the farm and died.  Subsequently a number of other mature elephants followed the same path and bought the farm.   It is sad due to the distressed nature of the Asiatic elephant population...but it also points out the nature of herd animals...they are not people they are smart but they are not sentient beings...one goes the others take a death march.   

Asiatic elephants have been used as work animals, have been used as artillery carriers during the 10,000 day war for that matter..sad again, but not related to their current situation. 

Pressed into service at gunpoint by the VC no doubt

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1 hour ago, Sandflee said:

Possibly, but they are also the closest relative to a whale, remember that orca that carried its dead calf around for 2 weeks?

Brilliant!  A traveling snack :th: 

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