Elephant Appreciation Day 2014 in Tweets

TT_002Since I keep mentioning how we are often too afraid or too ignorant to acknowledge the elephant in the room, there is no way for me to ignore what day it was yesterday: Elephant Appreciation Day!

Elephants are truly remarkable animals. They don’t run, recognize themselves in mirrors, and have six toes, just to name a few fun facts about them. Unfortunately, they are still being killed for their tusks or treated badly all over the world. So I decided to dedicate this Twitter review to the Elephant Appreciation Day. Let me start by expressing my support for PETA’s (@peta) message.


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The Detroit Zoo (@detroitzoo) adds the sad fact that 96 elephants are killed every day by poachers. The link directs to 96elephants.org. I think today (like any other) is a good day to support their case.


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Trekking Stitches (@TrekkingStitch) celebrated with this pretty doodle. Hands up for those who didn’t know elephants can’t jump. It is true, they can’t! But they are not the only mammals; neither can sloths, hippos and rhinos. Well, hippos and rhinos have all their feet in the air when they run. I am not sure if that counts as “jumping”, though. It is, however not true that they use their trunk like a straw when they drink.


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Can you remember the elephant jokes? Ellen King (@ellenking) does. I have one, too. How do you get an elephant into the fridge? … Ah, well, it was really funny back then.


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Naturally, I was hoping for a lot of photos of adorable elephants. Thanks to Carly Miller (@carl_millerO) , Alexandra Summa (@IconicNYCorg), Elmer’s (@Elmers), Dr Ryan Llera (@DrRyanLleraDVM), and CIA Spy Girl (@CIAspygirl) I am not disappointed!


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Elmers


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I like to end today’s post with the tweet that made me discover a plethora of extremely adorable elephant videos on the site of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation™ (CEC). Thank you Juliette Feld (@JulietteFeld)!


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As always, please comment and let me know what you think about the Elephant Appreciation Day, this post, or what you want me to write about next Twitter Tuesday.