Friday, November 20, 2015

Honoring Mr. Wide Awake




When I was a child, I went to the zoo like all of you. I was always sadden when viewing the elephants. The leg of each elephant was chained and these animals looked incredibly sad. The name of my favorite elephant was Mr. Wide Awake. This name was chosen by school children.

At our local zoo now, all the elephants are gone. No more chained feet.The zoo folks wisely decided that the elephants would live out their days in a natural habitat.

Jack and I have had the privilege of being up close and personal with these smart, gentle animals. They care for their young, help the elderly seniors and protect the babies from the cameras of those on safari.

I am so fond of them.













Thank you, Jack


Meredith








16 comments:

  1. Elephants are my fave animals. Thanks for all the cute pics - I can't decide which one I like best, they're all perfect. I haven't seen them up close (if you don't count the zoo as a kid), but maybe I will sometime in the future.
    Greetings from Germany!

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  2. soooooo cute,,the one taking a bath,,he is having fun.


    L.

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  3. Hi Meredith. aw nice pics, love a baby elephant.
    love Jan,xx

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  4. Hi Meredith, So cute love all the elephants. Our zoo still have elephants but they certainly aren't chained these days. We have had several baby elephants born over the past few years. Would be nice to get up close and personal with one in the wild.
    Have a good weekend.
    Hugs Lindy.

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  5. Like you, elephants have always been my favorite animals. Our zoo still has them, but does not chain them. Thank goodness. Anyway, the best way to see elephants is in their own world. I had the honor of going on safari in Uganda sometime back where I saw elephants and so many other beautiful animals. Everybody should put Africa on their bucket list.

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  6. There is a Christmas story that I remember from my childhood that had an lonely male elephant in the zoo. The children in the city raise the money to give him a friend named Clarinda. I read the same story to my boys when they were young.

    Meredith, I think you love elephants because you have a gentle soul, too.

    Ella

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  7. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics Mere...love the way the adults interact with the young.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  8. Elephants are majestic creatures. These pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing them all.

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  9. What beautiful and majestic pictures these are. I can see why you are drawn to these animals. Thanks for sharing and turning my Friday into a positive day.

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  10. Hi Meredith, baby elephants are so cute. I am glad that the ones you knew are not chained anymore. Love the pictures.

    hugs

    Nina

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  11. I just love the elephants. Looking at them as a young person I couldn't help feeling their wise thoughts bursting forth. I'm glad we are beginning to remove them from zoos. Although I do miss seeing them!

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  12. They are gorgeous creatures - lumbering gentle giants

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  13. Beautiful pics Meredith, thank you for sharing. Love the one taking a bath. Our zoos have elephants, but they aren't chained.

    Hugs
    Roz

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  14. I love elephants! There are no chained elephants at our local zoo and they have a large enclosure including a waterfall. I like to draw elephants and might use some of these. Thank you for sharing.
    hugs
    DF

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  15. I too love elephants, Meredith! As a youngster I once stayed at a place with my folks, where they roamed freely in their natural habitat. It was wonderful! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, as well as your story about Mr. Wide Awake. Sad- some of the conditions that zoos have used in the past! Glad that things have changed for such beautiful creatures! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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