I was up last night watch ABC and happened upon a Doco on Elephants and what they have been through the last 20 - 30 years.
As most would be aware, Elephants have suffered to almost extinction (among other animals sadley). They were treated just a viley as we humans treat
not only ourselves, and pretty much everything around us.
I sadly couldnt find the Video to go with it, but did manage to get my hand on a run down of the program.
This is a must watch, as this shows the corrolations between their reactions toward us and why.
As a side note, and this will give you a good indication of what is going on with these tramatised, but beautiful beasts, that as far as I am
concerned are right up there when it comes to comparing emotions to that of humans. But it has now been discovered that they suffer from Post
Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and for good reason.
Please if anyone can find the Vid and embedd it onto this thread I would very much appreciate it. (sorry had no luck at all myself).
The Revengeful Elephant
9:30pm - 10:23pm, ABC1 QLD
Thursday, 14 January 2010
The psychological effects of war are no longer just a human condition. Africa is cultivating gangs of juvenile delinquents, wreaking havoc in the
wild.African elephants are becoming edgy. Thirty years of poaching and conservation management is beginning to backfire, resulting in 'abnormal'
violent behaviour.In Kenya, elephants are targeting and killing Masai tribes' cattle. In South Africa 58 rhinos are killed in a single park over a
period of two years. In Western Uganda a village is being subjected to indiscriminate and violent attacks by local elephants, where previously they
had roamed peacefully. What is provoking Africa's gentle giant to these violent outbursts?A group of scientists helps to solve this unusual
psychological mystery. As they go over individual elephant 'case histories', a picture builds. Here is an animal with extraordinary parallels to us;
the same lifespan, childhood development, and a capacity to grieve their dead. If we accept that elephants are emotional, could they also have
emotional problems?Armed with an understanding of their natural family history, we look at the way we have managed elephants in the last 30 years,
often wiping out entire old age structures. Has our meddling caused this violent behaviour?Top elephant researchers, Joyce Poole and Soila Sayialel,
explain how, after years of detailed research in Amboseli, they have taken over 20 years to come to the extraordinary conclusion that elephants are
capable of premeditated 'revenge'.