I LOVE ELEPHANTS. Yes, yes I do. They are huge and majestic and insanely smart and loyal and loving and I wish I had one as a pet. I think part of my love stems from the fact that I inherited my Great Grandpa's collection of elephants....and also maybe the fact that he actually OWNED an elephant?
My Great Grandpa owned a zoo in St. Joseph, Missouri and besides his elephant and other zoo animals, he claimed to have the largest collection of reptiles & amphibians in the world. Lots of great stories stem from the zoo including:
1. Great Grandpa's elephant fell on him and broke his leg
2. He has a roller skating chimpanzee named Vicky Lynn
3. He had cobras and one of the workers was bit and the air force had to fly anti vemon to the zoo
My Great Grandpa's love of snakes was passed down to my dad who loved catching snakes as a kid, had boa contrictors, and even had a little Caiman Alligator as a pet that lived in the upstairs bath tub, briefly escaped, and then chilled out in the freezer when it died and before it was taxidermied.
T.M.I. about my crazy family? Just trying to keep my ramblings interesting :)
ANYWAY.....did I mention that I love love LOVE elepants? What's even better is when they are incorporated into jewelry! Here are some recent faves:
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