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10 Common Things You Must Never Do To An Elephant

Updated on July 19, 2015
Asian elephant.
Asian elephant. | Source
Hannibal Barca.
Hannibal Barca.

How about them elephants?

Did you ever dream of owning an elephant as a pet?

Did you ever in your most-psychedelic dreams want to be a elephant?

These are not silly things to consider, but two serious questions with answers that dictate how you really feel about elephants. From Disney's Dumbo to warrior general, Hannibal Barca's trekking over the Alps with the much-needed aid of his elephant caravan, elephants have always played an important role in our lives. But these humble creatures have never stood up for themselves and demanded a fair amount of respect.

The elephant is the mascot for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
The elephant is the mascot for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.


  • Hannibal is best remembered for leading the Carthaginian army and a team of elephants across southern Europe and the Alps Mountains against Rome in the Second Punic War.
  • Hannibal, the warrior general of the Carthaginian army, lived in the second and 3rd century B.C. He was born into a Carthaginian military family and made to swear hostility toward Rome. During the Second Punic War, Hannibal swept across southern Europe and through the Alps, consistently defeating the Roman army, but never taking the city itself. Rome counterattacked and he was forced to return to Carthage where he was defeated. To avoid capture by the Romans, he eventually took his own life by taking a form of fast-acting poison.
  • At 26, Hannibal was given command of an army and immediately set out to consolidate Carthaginian control of Iberia. He married Imilce, an Iberian princess, and conquered or allied with numerous Iberian tribes. He made the seaport of Qart Hadasht ("New City," now Cartagena) his home base. In 219 B.C., Hannibal attacked the town of Saguntum (Sagunto, Spain), raising the ire of Rome and starting the Second Punic War.

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The elephant is a magnificent beast.
The elephant is a magnificent beast.
Mother and baby.
Mother and baby.
The elephant is so important that it is used by The Republican Party as its logo.
The elephant is so important that it is used by The Republican Party as its logo.

A few elephant facts:

Just what do you know about elephants besides watching them parade tail-to-nose-to-tail in those monotonous circus parades that used to come through "Small Town, U.S.A." to announce their shows on the outskirts of town for a few days. The poor elephant. Used for almost everything, and seldom given the homage it well-deserves.

It was once estimated that there were once more than 350 species of elephants in the world. Today we only have two of them left: the Asian and the Africa species.

The African elephant is the largest of the two species left in the world. They have extremely large ears and both the males and the females grow tusks.

Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years. The powerful beasts have been employed to move heavy objects, such as felled trees, carrying humans on their backs, and even to wage war.

In my fascinating research about elephants, I found out some very astonishing facts. So astonishing that I had to condense my information down to . . .

10 Common Things You Must Never Do to an Elephant

10.) Dress-up like Batman and try to get the elephant to hoist you up on its back by yelling at him or her.

9.) Jabbing this magnificent creature in the side with a sharp stick to get it to obey you.

8.) Throwing scalding water in its face to show it who's boss.

7.) When riding the elephant, never let your foolish nature lead you to kick it in the sides. Always remember. This is an elephant. Not a horse.

6.) When you feed apples or peanuts to this humble beast, never try and trick the beast by applying Snap-E-Tom hot sauce to its food.

5.) Charging toward the elephant waving your arms and screaming thinking that this will scare the elephant into pulling your cousin "Roy," who loves to abuse alcohol and weighs over 302 pounds, out of a nasty drainage ditch where he passed out last night from trying to find his way home.

4.) Telling your little nieces to use the elephant's truck to play jump rope.

3.) Running the elephant through an automatic car wash.

2.) Making the elephant wear a derby hat and RayBan's to look like Tom Cruise.

1.) Forcing the elephant to drink gallons of beer and watch it stumble (like you do) when you are intoxicated.

And elephants do have phenomenal memories, so if you do any of these things to an elephant, I would say that you get what you deserve.

Fact: When pushed, elephants have terrible tempers


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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago


      You are a wonderful friend. I appreciate you, brother.

      Ahhh, a motorcycle and rollercoaster daredevil. That takes skill, faith and courage. I am impressed.

      You are right about being thrown from an elephant.

      As for my specific prayer needs: My finances. I am building birdhouses to sell to generate some cash flow, but so far, just my friends have bought one, and my friends list is growing short, so I ask you to pray for me to experience a financial miracle. "with God, all things are possible," (all but failure).

      Thank you so much, my friend and and may God bless you richly.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      I was a motorcycle and rollercoaster daredevil. I think riding on an elephant would make me a daredevil too because if it throws you off its back you may land on your head and you can get stomped on. The only animal I've ever ridden was a horse. That as far as I may go. And yes Ken of course, I'll pray for you, especially for anything in particular or whatever you request prayer for because, God answers prayers.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago


      Bro, I sincerely thank you for this great comment. What type of daredevil were you? Now that, a daredevil, was not my calling. I envy you for your faith and courage. And in my case, there was never any call for Professional Watchers.

      Thanks again for stopping by and would you pray for me?

      I mean it.

      Your Friend, Kenneth

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey Ken, that was pretty cool and funny. I used to be a daredevil but not anymore. I have lots of respect for elephants. I'd enjoy watching them do their things. You've done excellent research. Thanks for sharing!