Rabu, 09 Januari 2008

Feeding Elephant, Ragunan

Something's telling me it happens at the zoo
I do believe it
I do believe it's true
(At the Zoo, Simon & Garfunkel)

We made acquaintance in 2003 when i threw him some kecapi fruits (Sandoricum koetjape) fallen from trees nearby. He seemed constantly hungry. Poor elephant. i watched Animal Planet Reveals Asia. it said that adult elephants eats up to 300 pounds of plants daily. how underfed he must be!

I had a time to visit him. he was displaying an odd behavior which i assumed he was in heat period (but he lives alone in his cage, other elephants were grouped). he banged his head to the wall time and again. i called him to distract his self bashing. but it didnt work. So I searched the guards, and they told me to ignore.i said to them, you must do something.

it was 09.00 am, only few people were there.

the guards heaped lots of rumput gajah (Pennisetum pupureum) next to his cage. and they noticed my presence. so i ASKED for their permission.

the threw his trunk to greet the feed and I was like, gajah makan rumput gajah (elephant eats elephant grass)?


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