The Tale of Old Anne and her Trunk.


More about the elephant I showed you photos of yesterday – you can see them here if you missed them

elephant flicking dust with it's trunk




elephants legs with dust cloud between them.



I watched the elephant flicking this dust for ages. Fascinating.


This Elephant is called Anne and she is in her 60th year ( like me !! ) so is 59. She was rescued from a circus in 2011 after Animal Defenders International filmed her being brutally hit with a metal pitchfork and kicked around the face and body on many different occasions. She was in poor condition after 54 years of being with the circus, much of it touring the country until about 10 years ago.  She suffers from severe arthritis  ( medicated now) and was said to have been almost constantly chained by her front and arthritic back leg with only enough room to take one step forward or backwards.  The circus owner was prosecuted.

Longleat agreed to take her, though they had stopped keeping elephants 10 years or so ago. 

Unfortunately she is still living on her own and I hope Longleat keeps to the plans, it says it has , for opening an elephant sanctuary so she will no longer be alone.

On the day I photographed her it was very hot and she was scooping up dust with her trunk to throw over herself as a way of cooling herself down.


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19 thoughts on “The Tale of Old Anne and her Trunk.

  1. Beautiful images and a story with a happy ending … I’m glad Anne found a nice home to spend her retirement.

    I always like to hope that people who harm animals and children will eventually get theirs….

  2. As I think I may have have said before, my wife and I really love elephants. They are probably our favourite animal. This story set me thinking again about a poorly elephant that we saw in Botswana a few years ago. It had a bad leg and could no longer manage the daily walk from the place in the bush, where it should have spent the nights with the rest of the herd, to the Chobe River. We saw it standing in the river, while the herd said their goodbyes before leaving for the night. Our guide said that, in the wild, they could not help this animal, and that within a couple of days it would become food for some of the other residents of the park. Sad but true and an interesting contrast to Anne and her available medication. ?)

    • Dave for some reason this went into my span folder ( that’s happened with a couple of your comments recently. I don’t know why.
      Thanks for your thoughts on this. Of course nature takes it’s course in the wild and death is a natural part of life ( if that makes sense) The difference is that Anne spent 54 years in a circus which is a very unnatural life.

      • Helen, I do agree that Anne’s life in the circus was truly sad. Hopefully it is much happier now. It is terrible that some members of the human race can, and do, commit acts of cruelty on creatures in their care, including other humans. I wasn’t trying to suggest that Anne’s life, as a whole, had been better than the wild elephant that Park Rangers had been barred from helping due to theit ethics. It was just the sadness that we all felt about that elephant’s inevitable early death. I’m sorry if I confused your story.:(

        Regarding comments going to spam, I don’t understand why either. It has happened with some other bloggers that I follow as well. I think that the bloggers to which this happens are popular, with significant readership. It hasn’t happened to me. I have enquired of WordPress why it happens to my comments and haven’t had an explanation.

        The next month or so is probably going to see me with little time for either reading of writing, so hopefully the problem will be solved by the time that I become fully active again, which hopefully I will do.:)

      • It must have been very hard as a park ranger not to be able to help.. I shall miss you Dave and hoppe you will become fully active again.. nothing wrong I hope.

      • I think it was quite hard for them, but they have to protect the ‘wild environment’, and sadly, this elephants demise would have been welcomed by many of the predators, and indeed help ensure their survival. Life in the wild:|

        Nothing’s wrong Helen. We will be visiting family and a taking a little holiday, so not sure whether I will have time and opportunity. Hopefully I will not fade away completely. Just making excuses in case I miss some of your posts.

  3. Stunning images and another sad story, though if Anne bless her has been alone all her life she may well be frightened if faced with other more socialised elephants, I bet she is quite happy being able to walk and being treated gently in such a good and happy well fed spot. A wonderful story for her now. You have captured the essence of the animal with these loving photos… c

  4. The trunk is a most ingenious adaptation and endlessly fascinating to those of us without one (or me, at least!). Elephants are my absolute favorite animal, ever since my dad read me the Babar books as a child. Even on a storybook level, the cruelty perpetrated on them by humans is recorded. Their ability to endure patiently has earned them the reputation of wisdom and dignity. Anne is a great example. May she live the rest of her life contentedly!

  5. I believe we’ve stopped using animals in the circus here in Britain but I stopped to look at the elephants at a circus in Lille, I was so upset by what I saw that I didn’t even think once about visiting the circus let alone twice. I wish I could have done something but I had no idea how or what to do.
    The elephant in your picture seems to be a lot happier. 🙂

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