Tuesday, November 24, 2009


This photo is in black and white and George is a 10 foot 2 or 3 inch tall african elephant. We are walking away from the camera on a cement pad with huge elephant size fencing around us. I'm 5 foot 3 inches and am carrying a bucket of food and an bull hook (a stick with two metal points at the end, one straight and one curved)
This is George and I at the end of 2006. He's castrated bull (the oldest in free contact: without a fence between the elephant and handler at all times) and was 25 years old at the time. A bull hook is used much like a leash on a dog, it *can* inflict pain but is used as a guide rather than a threat, comparable to a gentle leader or like device. This is after my family got a personalized, private meeting with the elephants and the elephant enclosure, they were allowed to pet, feed and watch George perform some of his commands.


  1. That's Georgie! He was approx 10 ft 2/3 inches at that point! Sweet elephant, I miss them!

  2. I was just in with him last week, well with all three actually. I went with the OSU pre-vet club and they took us behind the scenes of everything.