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This story is beautiful..... imagine seeing it happen.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/08/1049567683578.html" target="_blank">http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/...567683578.html</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Elephant rescue operation<br><br>
April 9 2003<br><br><br><br>
An elephant has launched an extraordinary rescue operation, opening a gate with her trunk to free antelopes being held at a camp near Empangeni in the east of South Africa.<br><br><br><br>
Lawrence Anthony told the SAPA news agency that a private game capture company had rounded up the antelope to relocate them for a breeding program.<br><br><br><br>
The team were settling in for the night when a herd of 11 elephant approached, he said.<br><br><br><br>
"The herd circled the enclosure while the capture team watched warily, thinking the herd were after lucerne (alfalfa) being used to feed the antelope," he said.<br><br><br><br>
The herd's matriarch, named Nana, approached the enclosure gates and began tampering with the metal latches holding the gates closed.<br><br><br><br>
She carefully undid all the latches with her trunk, swung the gate open and stood back with her herd.<br><br><br><br>
"At this stage the onlookers realised this was not a mission for free food, but actually a rescue," Mr Anthony said.<br><br><br><br>
The herd watched the antelope leave the camp before they walked off into the night.<br><br><br><br>
Ecologist Brendon Whittington-Jones said: "Elephant are naturally inquisitive - but this behaviour is certainly most unusual and cannot be explained in scientific terms".<br><br><br><br>
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"Elephant are naturally inquisitive - but this behaviour is certainly most unusual and cannot be explained in scientific terms".<br><br><br><br>
yeah, cause everyone knows animals are neither smart enough nor have any compassion to care for the well being of another animal.<br><br><br><br>
thanks Kurmudeon for the post.
 

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Wow ...that is interesting . Perhaps they did do it for compassionate reasons . Who's to know .. maybe the matriarch had witnessed elephants in the past being hunted or captured and related to this as a similar event.<br><br><br><br>
I think the coolest video I ever saw in regards to elephants was a rescue of a baby elephant from some thick mud. The mother and many other adults were desperate in getting the baby out. They did (baby elephants are so cute looking ... heheh)<br><br><br><br>
Elephants are cool
 

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I often do an elephant painting and stipulate that they are wild elephants <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.dkingdesign.com/auctions/2003_mar12/dk_2003mar12s.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.dkingdesign.com/auctions/...2003mar12s.jpg</a>
 
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