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Old 06-17-2005, 12:23 PM   #1
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6/17/2005: Elephant doctoring



xoB/WaPo: these elephant handlers are building a bamboo splint for elephant Malai. Malai's front leg was broken in a collision with another elephant.

Malai is 98!
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:27 PM   #2
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98 years old?! Holy shit!
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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I wonder whether Malai can appreciate that the splint is helpful, or if she'll do whatever she can to get it off.
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:55 PM   #4
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fer cryin out loud.

These guys have a crane to hold up the elephant, and yet, they're just trying to tighten the splint by hand tension?? What about a come-along? Or a Spanish Windlass (in the middle pic are two of them)? Or even a Trucker's hitch?
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:59 PM   #5
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Splint tighteners probably work cheaper.

And they are easier to replace if the elephant suddenly takes a dislike to what they are doing and squashes them flat.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #6
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wolf, what's a splint tightener? I mean, I get it. These guys are splint tighteners. But they should be using splint tighteners. That's what I was suggesting. The whole picture just looked so "no-tech" that I had some McGuyver ideas instead of a specialized tool. Well, except for the comealong.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:26 PM   #7
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At least with pure human force, they're probably guaranteed not to make it too tight.
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:36 PM   #8
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I was struck by the fact that the left guy has his foot on the elephant's leg to get leverage. The elephant's leg is broken man! What are you thinking?!
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:28 PM   #9
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Why not just a plaster cast?
Evidently the ones doing the doctoring arent actually doctors.
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:34 PM   #10
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Plaster is stronger than humans.
Elephants are stronger than plaster.
Bamboo is stronger than elephants.

Bamboo kicks ass.
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Old 06-17-2005, 03:59 PM   #11
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Collision with another elephant?!! Cripes, how do you have a collision with another elephant? They're hard to miss. "Sorry officer, the other elephant seemed to just come out of nowwhere!" Theres is, however, nothing worse than a high-speed elephant accedent. The roads over in Malasia are just as unsafe as here in the U.S. This elephant suffered a leg injury the other 'phant must have had major trunk damage.
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:15 PM   #12
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Why the name change? Your funny bone (humerus?) was working just fine as Packey.......oh well. Funny shite. Welcome.
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Old 06-17-2005, 05:19 PM   #13
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Packey was off his meds... he was asked to leave... Actually, Packey's my old clown name, and the last thing we need in here is another clown.

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Old 06-17-2005, 07:07 PM   #14
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You were a professional clown?
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Old 06-18-2005, 12:50 AM   #15
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According to the kids, yeah. According to other clown...naw. Mostly birthday party gigs and such. Didn't last long. Everyone loves clowns once. The second time around...forget it.
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