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Elephant Appreciation Day
Have a Big, Elephant-Sized Day on September 22 - Elephant Appreciation Day!
Elephants! The largest land animal on Earth captivates us by their sheer size. A symbol of wisdom in Asia, famed for their memory and intelligence. A favorite of children in the circus or at the zoo. It is certainly an animal that deserves appreciation and we are happy to find that September 22nd is "Elephant Appreciation Day".
Elephant Appreciation Day...
is September 22!
Origin of Elephant Appreciation Day
Elephant Appreciation Day was created in 1996 by a Sarasota, Florida businessman, Wayne Hepburn, who likes elephants. He had received a paperweight of elephants on parade from his daughter as a gift and became fascinated by them. Soon he had a huge collection of elephant books and paraphernalia. His love of elephants led to the creation of this obscure holiday so you & I can stop and enjoy this huge, lumbering beast.
Light Gray Tubbie Wubbie Plush Elephant from Aurora World - Soft & Cute as Can Be!
From Aurora World, well known for their gift plush, stuffed animals and soft toys, comes this adorably sweet Elephant -- a Tubbie Wubbie in Light Grey.
Tubbie Wubbie is a 12 inch tall elephant (about 8" tall in a sitting position) and cuddly as can be!
There are Three Kinds of Elephants...
*The African Bush Elephant
* The African Forest Elephant
*The Indian or Asian Elephant
A few fun Elephant Facts:
- Elephants are the largest living land animals on Earth today.
- An elephant calf weighs 230 lb. at birth.
- Elephants live for 50 to 70 years. The oldest recorded one lived for 82 years
- The word "elephant" is a Greek word, meaning "ivory" or "elephant".
- Oliphant is an ancient spelling of elephant.
- The elephant is an ancient symbol of 'luck', often being displayed in the home to bring Good Luck. Elephants are also thought to represent strength and protection.
- Elephant Festival is celebrated in Jaipur city in Rajasthan state in India. It is often held on the day of Holi, the Spring festival of colors, usually in the month of March.
Elephants are Beloved in Books!
Horton is a Favorite Elephant... - A Classic by Dr. Seuss
A favorite of children since 1954, this classic Dr. Seuss book lets a charming Elephant represent kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to save a tiny invisible civilization - the 'Who' people.
Horton has been beloved by children in the 5-10 year age range since 1954. I wouldn't be surprised if grandparents who loved Horton as children in the 50s are now sharing that love with their grandchildren by reading Horton Hears a Who to them.
Plush Elephants are So Cuddly!
The cleverness of creative craft designers never fail to amaze me. This pattern for a TOOTERPHANT is a perfect example. It's the creation of a young 'mum in the UK whose two young boys encouraged her to use her old crochet skills to make new toys for them. She says "I love fantasy and nature, and so I like to make creatures that might just exist, somewhere.".
To that end we are presented with the most delightful and original plush Elephant... er, Tooterphant ... you'll ever want to meet (and perhaps crochet yourself). Tooterphants are friendly little creatures, similar in shape to elephants but with wide trunks that they like to make tooting noises with. They are also quite acrobatic, and enjoy climbing on top of each other.
The Tooterphant pattern and many other amigurumi crochet patterns for all sorts of cute creatures and geeky guys (like the Star Wars figures in crochet) can be found in her Etsy Shop lucyravenscar.
Hand-Knitted Patchwork Elephant - Cuddly and Cute!
Plush Handmade Knitted Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is the cutest creation of a knitted patchwork elephant inspired by the 'Elmer' books.
Hand-crafted by Sharon of Australia, this adorable cuddly knitted elephant can be found in her Etsy Shop Snuggly Critters.
So soft, cute & cuddly, this Pink Baby Elephant is perfect for a new baby's layette or baby shower. This sweet plush toy has beans in the bottom so it can 'sit'.
The Great Elephant Caper!
From The Pumpkin Nook, the "Internet Library for Pumpkins" comes this amusing tale from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY about 'Elephants' and a 'Giant Pumpkin'..... The Great Elephant Caper.
Wear Elephants on Your Clothes!
Watercolor Elephants on Parade...
Cute Toddler Tee
Watercolor Elephants marching across a cute T-shirt for a Toddler
Recipe of the Day
For Elephant Appreciation Day
HOMEMADE PEANUT BUTTER
Homemade Peanut Butter - is Recipe of the Day
What would be more perfect to eat on Elephant Appreciation Day than a Peanut Butter sandwich? For a real treat, make your own Homemade Peanut Butter (recipe).
Flower of the Day
On Elephant Appreciation Day
"Elephant Ear" Plant
The "Elephant Ear" Plant! - is Flower of the Day
The leaves of this plant are VERY big and have the shape of 'elephant ears', which is how they got their name, the "Elephant Ear" plant. It is appropriate that the Elephant Ear plant is the "Flower of the Day" for 'Elephant Appreciation Day'.
EAT an Elephant Ear
Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut! - The perfect snack on a day you are appreciating your elephant! :)
The Elephant Ear Fried Doughnut is a favorite at outdoor food stands at amusement parks and fairs. It's fried, then sprinkled with a variety of toppings. The perfect treat for 'Elephant Appreciation Day'
(*From an article on Fried Dough. Read the rest of this description of the Elephant Ear Doughnut on Wikipedia).
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