Solve, create, share and talk about jigsaw puzzles

# 240608-18 Artis

Bookmarked Bookmark
Share
Report
70 pieces
24 solves

Thanks for sharing. Here is your html-code:

## Why are you reporting this puzzle?

I constantly look for an occasion to portray our five friends together, preferably nicely positioned in a row. Well, that’s precisely what they are doing here, but they all have their second face directed to the camera. One almost would think of some deliberate elephant cheekiness! The line, by the way, is receding. Vinh on the left appears therefore relatively bigger than Thong Tai on the right. Between them nicely ordered for height: Sibu, Yindee and Sanuk. Behind our friends we can see the scratch tree, built in by the designer. Such a nice invention, for every elephant, no matter how tall or small, could find a fitting place under it to scratch the back. But with various objects leaning into the tree or hanging from it, the elephants lost that possibility.

1. poolcue5:15
2. PuzzyCat6:43
3. Frankie_Johnnie7:33
4. Robson7:33
5. Omoli7:46
6. FraLa7:53
7. Bluebonnet8:48
8. Pennypinch9:23
9. erzsi29:35
10. tanana599:51

Ah, it was you who asked about where my head would reach looking at Sibu. I remembered that somebody asked and at that time I forgot to answer, but I didn't remember who asked it and in which puzzle. Thanks for reminding me it was you, @Darklldo2! I still can just look over Vinh, and can just not look anymore over Sanuk. For Tong Tai and Yindee, I have to tilt my head back a little bit to look in their eyes. Because the part above their eyes is bigger than with me, they would be an Omoli-head bigger than me at their highest point. Looking straight at Sibu, my eyes would align with the onset of his tusks. Looking him in the eyes, I do have to tilt my head backwards significantly. And seeing him from the side, my eyes end up in the middle between his back and his abdomen. So, it's as if a mountain is walking by. If I stretched my arm all the way up, I would still not be able to put it on his back. Then to think Nikolai was even bigger. And African male elephants are huge, reaching up to 12 or 13 feet at their highest point!

U-Oh! Susis, they seem to have their own opinion. Maybe you come below Thong Tai in the order of matriarchs.
@Omoli I still want to know if you were standing next to Sibu where would your head reach?
You all do know the story of four blind people being taken to see an elephant and after they had all stood in front of it they were asked to describe an elephant.
One said it was higher than her out reaching arms.
Another said its skin was rough
A third said it had something long that moved around
The last said it had a tail with a brush at the end.
They can all attest they visited the zoo and saw the elephant but of course non of their descriptions were much use.

Like all seeing people, we only see what we can reach and touch and it may be nothing like the animal at all. 🐘🐘🐘

Well, it appears as though I am the matriarch, so, children respect!! 😁Oh, oh, I see the elephants have given me the butts on that.

I'm always very happy to share the lives and times of our elephants with whoever is interested, @Susis. Age wise, you do pool with @poolcue and @Darklldo2. With my almost 73, I am trailing the three of you. By the way, a bit further down this page you can read in my comment to our aforementioned ladies that one of the beautiful things about elephants is the way they respect their elders, knowing that they are sources of knowledge and wisdom!

Welcome to the geriatric division of elephant appreciation, @Susis .

I guess we have an older generation pool here. I am 87, and it is such a pleasure to learn from your continuing experience, Omoli. Elephants have been my favorite animal since my childhood visits to the two zoos, Brookfield, and Lincoln Park in Chicago. I now live in the mid-south of the USA, and have no nearby zoo to visit, so that phase of my life is most surely over. Therefore what I am able to glean from your experiences is marvelous. Thank you again.

My pleasure, @poolcue!

And I thank you, @Omoli , for giving me more knowledge.

Respect, lovely ladies, @Darklldo2 and @poolcue. Both of you are 85. The body playing up, but from what I perceive in your comments, both of you are sound of mind. One thing I particularly like about elephants, is that they do respect old age a lot. When the boys leave the family, they might form bachelor groups of age mates, but often they do look for an older mentor, the older the better. And the girls know very well that grandma knows best! There has been research into the connection between the age of the matriarch and the success of the family group. It appears that the older the matriarch, the better the group is doing, with more kids being born and less of them dying young. The aged ladies have such a vast experience and knowledge that cannot be replaced by anything. How nice would it be, if age was more respected in our society as well! From my almost 73-year-old heart, I do thank you for your experience and wisdom!

@Darklldo2 You mentioned your age earlier and I will be the same in a few days. The body is failing rapidly but the mind is still trying. :)

Yes, I remember Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore. Thank you for the link.

So Sibu is eleven and a half feet high! (I'm of the old school I still have to put everything in feet and inches to be able to 'see' the measurements.) That's sooooo high! I know he would not fit in my house at all... well maybe just his trunk! then add 5,600 kilograms!!! Imagine that rushing at you in fury! where would one turn? It would be like watching a landslide.
@poolcue, I agree with you, I am also too old to recall the stories clearly, nevertheless I can still recall Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, I bet you can too. :)
Here's more on Heffalumps:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heffalump

I have to admit Omoli if an elephant was rushing at me in anger I don't think I would stop to consider who would be the smallest of Sibu and Nikolai, it's impossible to imagine.
One of my Carers travelled overseas in her younger days and worked with elephants for a while - I have to admit I am envious - I am not a 'traveller to see the sights' but I would travel to work with elephants, what a wonderful experience.
I do know for sure, that even with all you have told us Omoli and the photos you have provided, I know I still cannot imagine standing beside an elephant. I know I would have to do it to be able accept it.
If you were standing beside Sibu where would your head come up to?

I was lucky to see them nicely lined up like this, @Frankie_Johnnie!

Great butt shot @Omoli! It really shows the size difference nicely! Thank you.

I had all the Winnie The Pooh books as a child and recognized the word Heffalumps. Have always thought they were elephants. I'm too old now to really remember the stories.

I was laughing out loud about your remark that Sanuk should have flounced her skirt and black stocking BEFORE she had her man, @Darklldo2! Wonderful!
A couple of times a year, I do treat myself to a book about elephants. The last time I found reason to treat myself, I couldn't find anything new about elephants, but I came across the complete works of A.A. Milne. I bought it, so now I'm reading it with bits and pieces, but I did not come across the heffalumps yet. Something to look forward to! I love the Shepard drawings in the book!
Sibu is a bit smaller than Nikolai, but still larger than Thong Tai and Yindee. Whenever Nikolai was standing near to me, I really had to tilt my head backwards to meet his eyes! Very impressive. I happen to know that he measured 3.5 meters and weighed 5600 kilograms.

@Omoli how I wish we could get a photo of you standing next to Sibu, how amazing that would be. I know, we can't, just imagining :)

Does anyone here remember 'Heffalumps"? Has anyone read A.A. Milne?
"A Heffalump is an elephant-like creature in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A. A. Milne. Heffalumps are mentioned, and only appear, in Pooh and Piglet's dreams in Winnie-the-Pooh, and are seen again in The House at Pooh Corner. Physically, they resemble elephants; E. H. Shepard's illustration shows an Indian elephant. Wikipedia"

I have just been reading a bit more about our Heffalumps and found this:-
"Elephants are the largest living land animal. Slightly smaller than their African cousins, adult Asian elephants weigh on average between 6,000 and 12,000 pounds (2,750 and 5,420 kilograms). They typically stand 6 to 12 feet (1.8 to 3.8 meters) tall at the shoulder. Males are usually larger than females."
...and stand 6 to 12 feet high!! I know my ceiling is 10 feet from the floor so I can add another 2 feet and feel totally over awed. 😳

Well all I can say Sanuk and her black stockings is "Sanuk, you are supposed to flounce your skirts and black stockings BEFORE you get your man." 😄

Always delightful!

It's so nice how the relationship between them developed. At first, Vinh didn't know how to behave to that big man that had taken his alleged position as king of the elephant enclosure. But now Vinh feels free to do to Sibu what he likes to do to the girls: challenge them. Sometimes I hear Vinh's happy little squeals, and then I know that he is trying out how far he can go with Sibu and apparently taking being told off by the big man as some kind of game, @Susis.

It seems as though young Vinh just loves Sibu. Vinh seems to mostly stand as close to Sibu as he can. Apparently, Sibu is highly successful as a father-figure/mentor.

Lots of butts indeed, @poolcue and @Darklldo2. The black stockings of Sanuk are still from mating. She and Sibu mated 15 minutes or so before I shot this picture. The girls always end up with a lot of juices on their hind legs from mating. And yes, with all my heart I do hope that some day our elephants can freely use the benefits from the enclosure, relieve itches et cetera!

Poolcue's right! Lots of butts 😃 I bet you would not be able to get this photo if you had wanted one of them all lined up like this @Omoli 😁 How interesting to see the difference in sizes, and doesn't Sibu stand out from the others in size even if the photo tends to give a slightly different slant on them.
Sanuk has black stockings on has she been playing with water?
Aren't we lucky having five elephants to admire and care about. I have not seen so many all at once before. :)
You saying about all the various objects are stopping them from being able to enjoy a good scratch puts me in mind of clearing a kids room. I remember thinking a few times that when I clear a kids room it would be as well to put some toys away again so there was more reasonable room for the new ones. The young keepers are probably still likely to do that in their own rooms let along our elephants' rooms.
It's a pity you can't say something. Let's hope something happens that inspires them to do a good clean out soon.
Miracles do happen :)

Lots of butts!

There is a Dutch children's song about elephants having the biggest buttocks of the country. I often hear children sing this song when they watch an elephant from behind, @Bluebonnet. Always cute!

This made me laugh! Elephant cheekiness indeed!