Elephant Rescued After Being Swept to Sea

Did you know that elephants enjoy swimming? Despite being large, they are buoyant in the water and swim fully submerged. They use their trunks as a snorkel as they wade around. Elephants are considered the best swimmers of any land mammal- perhaps excluding trained human swimmers.

But the other day an elephant got swept out to sea in Sri Lanka after trying to wade across what was supposed to be a safe lagoon in his sanctuary. Thankfully, the navy saw him struggling during their routine patrol. The elephant appeared to be tired and lost. It took twelve hours, but the navy officials were able to successfully guide the elephant back to the shore and to safety.

While elephants can swim for fairly long periods of time, they will tire if not able to rest. Navy officials intervened, claiming the swimming would have caused the elephant to burn too much energy to survive and the prolonged exposure to salt water could have damaged the elephant’s skin. What could have been disastrous, was thankfully avoided.

Asian elephants are classified as endangered and have faced significant threats from logging and loss of habitat. Most males and females in this species lack noticeable tusks, which may decrease poaching, but they are still hunted for their meat and leather. Currently, elephants are protected under Sri Lanka law, where killing one results in steep penalties.

Be sure to check out the video of the rescue above. Let me know what you think about this story. Do you like elephants? Do you like learning about animals? I love animals as you will see throughout this blog.

Committing to yourself

The other day was the longest day of the year (June 21st) and it was also World Giraffe Day. Something about long necks and long days making sense and therefore there’s a holiday for that. You’re welcome.

I saw many posts regarding not only giraffes but also that people had no excuse to not exercise and put themselves first on the longest day of the year. With the prolonged daylight, there was ample time to get outside and get moving. This prompted something in my mind and heart, though. People need to commit to themselves and to their well-being.

Most of the time when you hear commitment you think relationship or marriage. I challenge you to think of yourself first. Yes, your significant other or spouse is important, but so are you. Don’t let anyone else determine your happiness and health. My newest student isn’t a typical one. While she is studying to take the ACT, she is far from a High School student. She is in her 40’s and has a Master’s degree, but needs a certain ACT score to further her career in the education field. While she’s not typical, she is an inspiration to me and everyone around her. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams and your career goals. I love how committed she is to her dream job.

Who are you committed to? What are you committed to? Are you happy? Do you rely on yourself for your happiness?

And while you’re here, here are some love locks seen in Oak Park. From the committed relationships. I wonder how many of these are still holding strong?

Exercise and creativity

Physically active people can improve their self-expression, self-confidence and social interaction compared with more sedentary people. Exercise leads to better brain health, less obesity and less stress. This applies to people of all ages, including children and young adults. Regular exercise for children and young adults is important as that is when people start habits, good or bad. While I am a tutor, I do recommend my students exercise as it can help them study for their exams and perform better on test day.

 

While exercise is physical, it affects overall health and well being more than just the physical gains. Artists facing roadblocks in their creative process can be benefited by exercise. Exercise can help them open their minds and see their art from a different perspective or mindset. And what’s even better than just exercising? Exercising outside. Science supports the idea of human’s innate desire to connect with nature. Several studies have shown a correlation between being outside and feeling emotionally, mentally and physically better.

Being outside almost provides a distraction from everything else going on. Exercising outside can definitely lead to great things. Do you exercise outside? If so, what’s your favorite type of exercise to do outside?

Wonder Woman

I saw Wonder Woman last night and it was amazing. It went beyond my expectations and I can now finally say there is a good female superhero movie in the comic-book movie world. While her costume may have become more brassy, her character stayed on cue with maybe a little more feminine power and strength added.

Gal Gadot did a wonderful job portraying Wonder Woman. She was more than just a sexy woman in a skimpy outfit. I liked how she wasn’t fully aware of her gender and therefore didn’t let it hold her back. She was stubborn in what she wanted to accomplish and never gave up on her dreams and desires no matter how bleak the outlook was. The movie had funny moments and slow moments, but overall was well directed by Patty Jenkins. I’m hoping the DC and Marvel Universes take note that a woman directed the first good female superhero movie.

Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? If not, I highly recommend it. It is a great movie, especially for the younger female audience. It is rated PG-13, so the entire family can see it! Well, teenagers and older I suppose. Who’s your favorite superhero? What’s your favorite superhero movie? Let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments!