Today I was asked to babysit two of my grandsons--well, not really BABY-sit; Austin is 12 and Carter is 7. Mr. Eva and I tried to come up with something different to do with them and we decided to take them to visit the Hope Elephants.
You're probably thinking, "Elephants in Maine? Is there a circus in town?" But no, there was no circus. A veterinarian, Dr. Jim Laurita, who has years of experience working with elephants, has acquired two retired circus elephants, Rosie and Opal, and has taken on the task of nursing them to better health and educating the public about elephants, an endangered species.
The boys enjoyed watching the elephants and learning about them through the presentation that the facility provides.
They eat watermelon, hay, carrots, sticks, (yes sticks) and various fruits and veggies. In the picute above, Opal is using her trunk to dig carrots out of a rubber ball with trunk-sized holes in it; so she exercises her trunk and gets to eat as a result.
That's Jim Laurita applying sun screen to Rosie's face and ears! Believe it or not, these Asian elephants who weigh in at 8,000 pounds each, aren't sun worshippers. In fact, they are more comfortable when the temperature is in the 50's! They even like the snow. ( Remember, Hannibal climbed the snow-covered Himalayas with his elephants.)
There's nothing like watching a couple of 8,000 lb. elephants to keep me motivated in my quest for weight loss, especially since we have more than just weight in common--they take Glucosomine for arthritis, just like I do!
(I've now lost 47 lbs. and swam 18 laps [that's from one end of the above pool to the other and back!] on Saturday.)
For more info about the Hope Elephants, where to visit them, and how to donate to the cause, click on this link:
If you live in Maine or are visiting Maine this summer, I recommend a trip to Hope!