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16 March 2010 @ 03:44 pm
Breaking radio silence for a quick zombie elephant update!  
Mr Shuffles, Sydney's favourite zombie baby elephant (see previous post), continued his career of attempting to Freak Everyone Out today by deciding to fall into deep water. Mum and aunties and zookeepers all intervened very neatly. I defy anyone to watch that video and not be as charmed by elephants as I am. And yes, I know they are wild animals and have come across a number out in the wild when Dad and I did our overland through East Africa trip. But even big bloody African ones are fascinating, and the sort of animal you hope to negotiate shared space with, and ideally can.
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on March 16th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Small Girl is enchanted!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)
I love the way that the elephants and the keepers work together on the rescue! Clearly very good relationships between all species in that enclosure!
prone to mischieftreacle_tartlet on March 16th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
We've watched the clip several times, now :) We've both remarked upon how well the keepers and the elephants work together to rescue Shuffles the Amazing Zombie Elephant. Small Girl squees ;)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on March 16th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
I love elephants. They're so beautiful! I adore our zombie elephant. :)

Also, hi! I haven't been around much lately. *guilty face*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
No guilt! How goes uni? I imagine you're up to your nose in work. I will have to email you soon as the ideas for your Haiti story are coming together and I want to go over some things with you, but no rush!

Zombie Shuffles is one of the best things about Sydney at the moment, I am tempted to take myself to the zoo to visit him tomorrow!
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on March 16th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
It goes okay! I'm kinda busy at the moment, yeah, but its moreso work than anything else. I'm applying for other things with less hours and I'm thinking I'll have to resign in the next few weeks, it's just all a bit too much. I'm home sick today though, I've caught a nasty virus and I've been sick since Saturday. Bleugh. :(

And yay ideas for fic!!! :) I'm looking forward to it!

Oh, please do go to the zoo, for me! If I wasn't at uni I'd take a roadtrip on the weekend. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I'll make sure I get up early so I can get everything done in the morning and then jump on a ferry with my camera. And if not tomorrow, then next Wednesday!
oldenuf2nboldenuf2nb on March 16th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
man, I love that little guy. Have they decided if he's okay? I mean, has he got any health problems?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 05:56 am (UTC)
He's a bit stumbly still, because his muscles were all cramped in utero, but the word from the vets has gone from being 'We're cautiously optimistic' to 'We can't see any reason why he won't grow up hale and hearty'.

Obviously, they're not even factoring in his super zombie powers, so that's quite encouraging!
The Ramblings of an often very distracted person.annes_stuff on March 16th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
That is just beautiful.
Catscatsintheattic on March 16th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
auntpurl: Snape 5 pointsauntpurl on March 16th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)

*is dead*
Hueyphoenixacid on March 16th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Awww, they are adorable creatures, aren't they? *squishes*
Coffeejunkii: cat!harry and cat!draco all snugglycoffeejunkii on March 16th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
awww! elephants to the rescue :D
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on March 16th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Of course you've been to meet wild Elephants! They're fab. Where the squeaks, snortling and bird noises I could hear under the oooohnoooo-chorus from little zombie?!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 02:32 pm (UTC)
The highest ones were Zombie, there were a few slightly less high ones from the other calf, too, as he joined in with the chorus of 'Baby! Be careful!' that all the cows were making.

As to meeting elephants, my Dad used to take me on surprise trips, which usually weren't to lovely French country villages, oh no, rather to places like South Africa, which he managed to get us thrown out of, and then up much of the east coast of the continent by Range Rover. Many brilliant experiences, also three near-death incidents, innumerable insect bites, a brief moment when I looked like becoming a lion snack and wretched knowledge of biology thanks to his version of home schooling.

However, one of the best things we ever did was go to an elephant orphanage. Very little is more hilarious than having your pockets raided for food by a trunk!
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on March 16th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, yes, I saw the other calf "look worried". Wasn't sure if some visitors had dogs and there were birds next door but assumed it could be the little trunk bearers.

Hahahah, well, he was *your* father, what do you expect. *reverses elegantly while sighing wistfully* So what did he do to get thrown out???
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 16th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
One of Zombie's noises is clearly 'MUM! HELP!' which is when I held my breath, but then he seems to be as annoyed by the fussing as by the experience, bless.

And you make a good point ;-) He failed to follow the laws with regards to visiting townships, on several occasions. Since we were there on visas, we were sent packing, but very politely. Strange time and place ...
Snape's Angelangela_snape on March 16th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I have always been fascinated by elephants... they're the first exhibit I go to at any zoo. Sadly, that's the only place I've seen them.

Thanks for the update on the Zombie Elephant!
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on March 16th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
Mr Zombie Shuffles!

This story just gets better and better, although I wish he wouldn't court death so. Perhaps he is really a cat zombie elephant. Or a daredevil?
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on March 16th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
But it looked like the zookeeper dude pushed the zombie in! That's just not on!
pingridpingrid on March 16th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
Aaw, he's so cuuute! Wobbly and silly, but/and adorable! Good job they didn't let him drown himself.
trichinopoly ash: art: robot lovealdehyde on March 17th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
oh brammers. i love that you continue to share updates about this cute elephant and actually have a tag for it too!
lokifanlokifan on March 22nd, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
*wails* I can't see the video! It's just noises. :( But yay for Shuffles the Zombie. Adorable little daredevil.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on March 22nd, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
I had that problem a few times. Try googling for mr shuffles water elephants and even though it will probably take you to the same page, it tends to work fine with the video. Oh internet, you are so weird ...