Small children in neatly pressed school uniforms stood behind the rope barrier. There was an occasional trumpet in the distance and then they came, 15 baby elephants, who had been rescued from certain death. Some ran, their trunks waving in the air. Some had obvious injuries, now healed and some just needed to be coaxed by their handlers.
“It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant. It is not brutal, it is not
heroic, and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous
things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one tenth of
whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the
domestic life of a single catfish.”
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night