I had a mentor in dogs and horses, Jennie, who lived an interesting life. She had many stories from her days as an elephant keeper/trainer at the Louisville zoo. From her, rather than TV or anywhere else I learned how scary smart elephants are. How they will hold a grudge against a particular individual who mistreated them and they should always be treated with the utmost respect and fairness. How they would wait for the right time with elephant patience for the chance to get even. After that I never looked at any news stories of mad elephants attacking keepers without thinking what must have been going on that was not in the story. How they are unlike horses in that a horse can hurt you but it is generally out of fear that it reacts and throws you or steps on you. An elephant will be very careful unless it means to hurt you.
|Jennie and Sneakers, a mustang|
Jennie had a kind of a genius ability with all animals.
She sadly passed away much too young from a heart problem in 1995.