He is known as "Kaziranga's Pride." But at the world-famous national park in Assam, Joyraj is quietly slipping away. Vets who are treating him say the 72-year-old has just weeks to live. They conduct daily medical check-up and prescribe medicines to help him overcome weakness.
Acting is in Ashley Bell’s DNA. Her grandparents were vaudeville performers, and both of her parents are working actors. Bell’s parents weren’t thrilled when she informed them that she, too, intended to become an actor, but after seeing her commitment to the craft, they offered their full support, a gift for which she is eternally grateful. After studying acting at New York University, Bell went on to appear in a number of films.
The African elephant is known for its thick, wrinkly skin. But look closer and you’ll see an intricate network of tiny crevices that makes the mighty mammal’s hide resemble cracked mud or damaged asphalt.
The purpose of those cracks is no mystery. An elephant doesn’t have sweat or sebum glands, so it covers its skin in water or mud to keep cool. The micrometer-wide cracks in its skin retain 10 times more moisture than a flat surface, helping the animal regulate its body temperature. They also help mud adhere to the skin, which protects against parasites and rays from the sun.
A FLEET of customised Royal Enfields have taked part in a fundraising campaign in London this summer in aid of Asia’s endangered elephants.
The motorcycles joined Ambassador cars, tuk tuks and a Gujarati Chagda to make up the ‘Concours d’éléphant’ – a cavalcade of designer inspired, quintessentially Indian vehicles which will toured London this month as part of charity Elephant Family’s ongoing fight to protect the elephants and their habitats.
In an unusual rescue, the Kerala Forest Department have managed to save a wild elephant which was swept away by the flood waters.
The wild elephant was first spotted stranded on a rock in the middle of the flooded Chalakudy River at Charpa waterfalls near Athirappilly in Thrissur on Monday morning by locals.
Even though it is not clear when and how the jumbo got stranded, forest authorities believe the animal had ventured into the river to drink water and could not get out as the water level increased, leaving it stranded.