Thursday, August 6, 2009

Why the elephant

No creature is more silent than the elephant. But they are far from speechless. Most of their communication takes place at a pitch below the threshold of human hearing. The great ears flap. Trunks sway. Cushioned footfalls are soundless. The quiet that surrounds the elephant is charged with comprehension. They are fluent in the language of vibrations, thunderstorms, wind currents. When it rains in one part of the country, elephants 100 miles away begin to walk toward the water. Motionless, the elephant detects each instrument in the symphony.

5 comments:

Sarah Thompson said...

The world would be an awesome place if we could all be that deeply connected to the world around us.

CJGallegos said...

Beautiful!

runnerfrog said...

An aerophant flapping its wings in California sets off a flood in China, and a winter in Argentina. Flap faster to put them away.

Heidi said...

I heard it said that the elephants 'employed' to move logs in the rainforest predicted the tsunami - bolting for higher ground. They know things.

Tai said...

Heidi, that's true. Apparently many other types of animals--flamingos, dogs, bats, water buffalo--also headed for higher ground in time to save their lives.

Runnerfrog, you've finally guessed the truth: aerophants control the weather. (And so much more.) I'll try to go easy on Argentina, for your sake, dear.

Thanks, Coop. And Sarah, I couldn't agree more. Just imagining it makes me feel happier.