How to train an Elephant
Now, I realize that this particular article is going to raise a few eyebrows, especially in the circus, wildlife park and zoo fraternity. It may also upset some of those amongst you who do not work with animals. Also, on the understanding that there are a large percentage of children that read this column, there may well be one or two tears before bed time.
However, I am renowned for speaking out, being blunt and feel it is my duty to write factual information, even when the truth may come as a shock to some individuals.
So, first of all, let's just dispel the rumour that elephant training, from the off-set, is all a bed of roses.
True, in later stages of elephant training, it is pretty much based on a "treat and reward" basis, but the initial stages of training are messy, noisy and not without risk of injury, sometimes fatal, to either elephant or trainer.
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