Monday, March 24, 2003

Well, today was one of those days. I saw a documentary on National Geographic about an elephant that has been "fostered" by a man who takes care of a herd of cape buffalo. The elephant has somewhat imprinted this man and this herd of buffalo as its kin, protecting the man when he is attacked and "leading" the herd, so to speak.
Anyway, elephants have a need for physical contact so they often use their trunks to affirm each other, etc. Sadly, though, this elephant attempted to show such affirmation and need for touch by touching the buffalos' horns, of course to no friendly response. Whenever the elephant tried, the buffalo would shake their heads, annoyed, and withdraw.

Today I feel like I'm amidst a herd of buffalo.