“I said the mountains looked like white elephants. Wasn’t that bright?”*

by chuckofish

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Did you know that yesterday was World Elephant Day? Well, it was. Did you know that elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade?

This is shocking. China seems to be the main market for illegal ivory, where a single tusk can fetch $100,000200,000.

Ugh. You can read more about it here.

Elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, on April 16, 2015. (Getty Image)

Elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, on April 16, 2015. (Huffington Post)

You know how I feel about elephants. I have blogged about this and the evidence is all over my house.

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Between hedgehog populations in freefall and elephants going extinct, I am pretty depressed.

Well,  let’s look at some great elephants.

Linen canvas embroidered with gold, silver & silk, one of the 'Oxburgh Hangings', made by Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury & members of her household, probably at Sheffield Manor Lodge, Yorkshire, England, UK, 1570-85.

Linen canvas embroidered with gold, silver & silk, one of the ‘Oxburgh Hangings’, made by Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury & members of her household, probably at Sheffield Manor Lodge, Yorkshire, England, UK, 1570-85.

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A handsome elephant and Steve McQ

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And how can we forget Stampy:

And I want one of these to toast elephants tonight. Try to enjoy your Thursday.

*Ernest Hemingway