Hi, just a bit of fun , nothing more.
Have you seen all my other Ganges pages, tricks and treat ? They are worth seeing and here is just one of them to whet your appetite
HMS GANGES ANIMATED TOUR.gif Just sit back and enjoy a guided tour.
This file is of a genuine Indian Elephant elephant.wav [all that effort for so little return !] When you have finished with this sound file, you may have to use your REFRESH button to get the nodding and ........elephant above going again. The SOUND SYMBOL ICON before the words "elephant.wav" must be animated before the CREST GIF will animate.
The ears on the elephant on the Ganges Crest are not drawn properly. They should be fractionally smaller, but more importantly, they should be square at the bottom and not rounded as show. It is undoubtedly an Indian male elephant, having a well defined large dome shaped head, and arching back. Female Indian elephants [unlike African females] do not have tusks, and African elephants have enormous floppy rounded ears, smaller heads and a straight long back with an extra vertebrae. Can you remember why, as a boy at Ganges, you were taught to tie your boot laces as straight bands rather than criss-crossed? I am thinking about WW2 and the Gurkha's in the jungles of Asia fighting the Japanese infantry!.........Yes, youv'e got it - that's the story. Well do you know that elephants don't wear boots [because that would hinder and frustrate the Gurkha's] but do you know how this little soldier knows the difference between an African and an Indian elephant in the dark? ...OK, clever dick, he is stationed in a zoo ........thought that that would be obvious ! The African elephant has 4 toes on the front feet and 3 on the back feet, whereas the Indian elephant has 5 and 4 toes respectively. If you look very closely at these pictures, particularly the larger of the two, you can clearly see that it is an Indian elephant. There is one other big difference between the two types ......do you know what it is? The answer is to do with the trunk - that's the front one ! Read only what it says, namely, that the India elephant has a HARD trunk [still talking about the front one] and only one finger at the end, whereas the African beast has a soft [softer] trunk with two fingers on the end. If we stick with this picture over to the left, we are OK, on safe ground, but if we look at the top picture, something is amiss. Cows in UK fields eat grass and jettison pats, so should Indian elephants who also eat grass. Giraffes eat leaves and jettison dung-balls, so should African elephants who also eat leaves. My artistic skills have rather cocked things up because I couldn't draw pre-pats, but dung-balls are dung-balls in mid air as well as on the ground.
Have a look here is you need further advice Differences between African and Asian elephants