January 25, 2012

European first: elephant gets contact lens for eye

Filed under: Animals,Dutch first by Orangemaster @ 4:29 pm

Yesterday, Amsterdam Artis Zoo elephant Win Thida (not this one, but one like it) became the first ever elephant in Europe to be given a contact lens, in her case, for her left eye. The 44-year-old Asian elephant had a damaged cornea and had problems keeping her eye open because of the pain.

She probably injured her eye with a branch while playing with other elephants.

(Link: www.telegraaf.nl, Photo of Asian elephant by cskk, some rights reserved)

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April 22, 2011

Elephant parade in Heerlen for a good cause

Filed under: Animals,Art,Sustainability by Orangemaster @ 12:25 pm

Until 25 May these elephants will be adorning the city of Heerlen, Limburg, which can proudly be listed as a host of these works of art alongside big cities such as Rotterdam, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and London. The Elephant Parade can be admired in and around the city centre — have fun finding all 30 elephants, I found about 10. The elephants were designed by local, regional and Thai artists, as the goal is to eventually raise money with an auction for the Asian Elephant Foundation to help protect the Asian elephant. Convincing the foundation to set up the Elephant Parade in a small, lesser-known Dutch city was done by a group of local women who come up with ways to let their ‘problematic’ old mining city smile again. It worked for me.

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