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Asian Elephants going for a walk

Asian Elephants going for a walk
zoogiraffe, 3 Jul 2010
    • Arizona Docent
      That is quite a sight - something you would never see at an American zoo these days.
    • MARK
      You can see an even bigger group being walked to the lake at the African Lion Safrai park in Canada (photos in gallery) ;)
    • Jabiru96
      Is that the bull in the background?
    • MARK
      My guess would be yes it is ;)
    • Pertinax
      Pretty sure I can see his tusks.

      Is the one at the front the ex Twycross female?
    • Bele
      I think it is the young bull Donaldson in the lead . I was also present to see this parade . There were some visitors involved in Elephant breeding at Whipsnade - one of whom is in the photo . ( We wondered if they were models on a photo shoot but were put right ! )Earlier the visitors were inter-acting with the herd ( all apart from Emmett and one female who was with him ) in the paddock . Donaldson was being kept away by the keepers and was getting rather annoyed about this , but gave way to his keepers every time he tried to joined the rest of the herd .
    • Yassa
      Donaldson died in 2009. The one leading the walk is Euan, Donaldson`s older brother, born in 2004.

      It is highly irresponsible to walk a young bull of this age through the zoo while visitors are there, that is another terrible accident waiting to happen (after elephant keepers were seriously injured by young bulls of similar age in Dresden/Germany and Toledo/USA just recently). And Euan`s mom Aziza injured a keeper during one of these walks in spring. I guess she has still not yet been retired from the walks, though?
    • Pertinax
      That's what I thought except for 'his' calf alongside, which is why I thought maybe Karishma, but she's not this shape.
    • Bele
      Sorry I got my young bulls mixed up . Euan was getting seriously stroppy in the paddock but backed off from the keepers , do wonder how much longer it will be before he really challenges them .
    • Jabiru96
      MARK, do u know if Taronga walks their elephants?
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