• Short Summary

    IN COLOMBO'S ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RESORTS FOR THOUSANDS OF CEYLONESE AND FOREIGNERS FOR SPENDING A NICE DAY, ELEPHANTS ARE THE MOST POPULAR PETS.

  • Description

    IN COLOMBO'S ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR RESORTS FOR THOUSANDS OF CEYLONESE AND FOREIGNERS FOR SPENDING A NICE DAY, ELEPHANTS ARE THE MOST POPULAR PETS.

    CEYLON IS A PARADISE FOR ELEPHANTS. THEY ARE JUST AS COMMON AND AS MUCH DOMESTICATED AS DOGS. ELEPHANTS ALSO CONSTITUTE A GREAT ECONOMIC WEALTH FOR CEYLON AS THEY ARE USED AS BULLDOZERS IN CLEARING FORESTS, AND IN LUMBER CAMPS.

    BUT IN THE ZOO, WELL TRAINED ELEPHANTS EARN THEIR LIVING BY DOING ODD TRICKS. THE ELEPHANTS MAN, SMALL MADE AND WITH ONLY AN IRON SPIKE AS HIS MAGIC WAND, COULD MAKE THESE HUGE UNGAINLY ANIMALS DO MANY ACROBATICS.

    LIFTING HIM AS A FORK TRUCK HANDLES A PACKAGE IS JUST NORMAL.

    ENCOURAGED BY DOCILITY OF THE ELEPHANTS EVEN EUROPEANS GAIN COURAGE TO TAKE A LIFT, AN UNCOMFORTABLE ONE BUT CERTAINLY EVICTING TO HAVE A SEAT MADE UP TWO INTERLOCKED TRUNKS.

    ELEPHANTS TAKE OVER THE MONKEY TRICK OF PLAYING THE ORGAN. THEY DO-A-GOOD JOE. THE ORGAN IS BUILT TO LAST, NOT SO MUCH FOR THE MUSIC IT PROVIDES.

    THE HARDER JOB, IT TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET THIS ONE PERFECTED, IS FOR A MAN TO LIE ON THE GROUND AND THE ELEPHANT STAMP ON HIM.

    ACTUALLY THE ELEPHANT IS TRAINED JUST TO TOUCH HIM. ABSOLUTE COMRADESHIP EXISTS BETWEEN MAN AND BEAST RATHER THE ELEPHANT MAN HAS ABSOLUTE COMMAND OVER HIS PAL. HIS COULD BE DANGEROUS BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WAYS WITH ELEPHANTS WHEN THEY ARE ON RAMPAGE IS TO KICK.

    ANOTHER VARIATION OF THIS WEIGHT CONTROL BY ELEPHANTS IS FOR THE MAN TO MAKE THE ELEPHANT LIE ON HIM. AGAIN THE ELEPHANT SEES TO IT THAT ITS ENTIRE WEIGHT IS TAKEN OFF BY ITS LEGS AND ITS MASTER IS NOT HARMED WITH ITS WEIGHT.

    ELEPHANTS SITTING ON STOOLS, OR STANDING ON THEM ARE THE REGULAR CIRCUS TRICKS, BUT THRILLING EVERY TIME THEY ARE SEEN.

    IN CEYLON'S ZOO, ELEPHANTS ARE NOT HUGE ANIMALS TO BE AFRAID OF. THEY ARE JUST A MUSING PETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA93GT6T56IVDRO0ABLT2T4DHX5
    Media URN:
    VLVA93GT6T56IVDRO0ABLT2T4DHX5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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