I started off this morning by throwing on my wellies and tromping out to the chicken coop to give my girls some fresh air, clean out the coop and restock their food and water. As I made my way to the coop, one of the girls had just finished laying an egg. It was still warm as I ran inside to toast some bread and fry it up. You can't get much fresher than that!
But what does this have to do with elephants, you might wonder? Everything...!
My love for animals, previously reserved from my chickies, reached an all-time high in India as I had the chance to be around these gentle giants. Elephants are considered very holy because of the god, Ganesh, who takes the form of a human with an elephants head. He is arguably the most important deity in Hinduism.
While tourists love to take elephant joy rides, the locals actually use them for working purposes, pulling heavy loads and transporting goods.
We took a long ride on an elephant and were surprised to find that it is actually quite an uncomfortable ride! With each step you are rocked side to side with great force, and this was at a slow speed. I can't imagine riding on top of an elephant running at top speed...which we did see someone doing down a highway in Delhi! Can you imagine!?
Perhaps the funniest thing that I saw an elephant do was take its masters tip, a rolled-up bill, from my outstretched hand, in its trunk and bring it up to its master. It was as if they had tiny, gentle fingers on the edge of their trunk. That sealed the deal...my love for elephants is complete.
By the way, this post is for you Kristin...and I expect you to get over your commenting fear and speak up!!