Cecil’s birthmarks changes shape and movement with his emotions - they flare up when he’s flustered or angry, hide under clothing when he’s scared or embarrassed, move rapidly when he’s excited, softer shapes for good feelings and rougher shapes for bad ones etc.
He’s kinda self-conscious about them since it’s like wearing your heart on your sleeve, but Carlos thinks they’re pretty (and also scientifically fascinating).
photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
"I still eat a burger at a counter with ketchup dripping down my face." - actual goddess Scarlett Johansson
" Okay, here’s the synthetic sequence. And this is the differentiated portion.Okay. But how to decode it? I have four nucleotides to work with, G, C, T, and A; and no idea how they’re encrypted. I mean, there’s thousands of permutations and we’re running out of time. “
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hot people are so lucky im so pissed
okay but a story about an asexual pirate who gets made fun of by the crew until he saves all of them from sirens
A pirate for the adventure, not the booty
oh my god i want that on a bumper sticker
Trying to pilot a ship here. Thanks.
So yeah this is my new hair cut which I am in love with!!!
Ended up getting 11 inches cut off instead of 8 but I guess that’s good because now the Little Princess Trust can use that to make more wigs.
In Ukraine I was police detective, I shot many criminals. Then I was brilliant scientist, but I quit to be with my family. Divorced, after rehab drinking problems. But now I am with my sestra, having adventures.