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DEATH OF A GENTLE GIANT - 10/01/2012
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A gleaning from "Fifty years in Ceylon" by  Major Thomas Skinner: Elephants are strange animals. I have seen many little traits of which I have never read any account in the books of natural history. One thing I noticed, that the larger and more powerful they are when fist captured and brought to the stables, the quieter and more docile they appear. The largest captured elephant I have ever seen was one of in the possession of Mr. Cripps, the Government Agent of the Seven Korales ; he was a full-sized animal, and yet he fed from our hands the evening he was brought in. He was very docile in his training until the day he was first put in harness, when he could not stand the indignity of being expected to draw a wagon. He dropped the shafts and died-the natives declared of a broken heart. This was by no means a solitary instance of casualties from a like cause. I have had several animals in my own department who have died...

DEATH OF A GENTLE GIANT



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