1. Elephants roaming the hills of Tennessee! The Elephant Sanctuary is designed specifically for old, sick, or needy female elephants who have been retired from zoos and circuses. Spanning more than 2700 acres, it provides three separate and protected, natural-habitat environments for Asian and African elephants. Their residents are not required to perform or entertain for the public: instead, they are encouraged to live like elephants. Why only females? It is not natural for adult female and male Asian elephants to live together. Asian elephants are matriarchal by nature. In the wild, the female herds are made of up related females: the grandmother, mothers, aunts, sisters, and nieces. They are truly a family led by the oldest, wisest females. visit their website for lots more information about this remarkable sanctuary!
|photo source: Elephant Sanctuary Facebook page|
3. We watched a beautiful movie this week. Beautiful in its photography, soundtrack, story and acting. The movie is Ladies in Lavender and stars Dames Judy Dench and Maggie Smith, two women that I adore. Dench and Smith play two elderly sisters, living in a tiny, secluded hamlet on the English coast. After a violent storm, they find a young man washed up on shore and from there, their lives are remarkably changed.
4. Do you know about pygmy seahorses? They are some of the smallest seahorse species in the world, typically measuring less than 2 cm (smaller than a pencil eraser!) They camouflage themselves among coral and were first discovered in a lab as scientists were examining a certain type of coral. Interesting fact: male pygmy seahorses brood their young in their trunks, rather than in a pouch on their tail, as other seahorses do.
5. Watching this short film will be the best 16 minutes you spend this week. 8 1/2+ million people can't be wrong. You just never know when a kind word from you will turn a day/week/life around. Enjoy Validation. (and yes, that's Jack Hodgins from Bones)