26 thoughts on “Lumbering Lifeguard to the Rescue!

  1. jerzowa October 19, 2016 / 8:52 am

    OK, so this is the dream of my life now: to be rescued by an elephant. Where should I go? Where do I sign? Whom do I pay, and how much?

    • DebG October 19, 2016 / 10:15 am

      I know, right? Elephant hugsies at the end are the best part.

      • allein 🐾 October 19, 2016 / 10:55 am

        I’m not sure I’d be entirely comfortable with that particular hug… I’d be afraid lellyphant might decide to sit down on me!

        • Birdcage October 19, 2016 / 11:12 am

          I had that same thought and kept it to myself lest I be labelled a “nuffer”. I’m generally an optimist moreso than a pessimist, but when I saw that Heffalump Hug, my first thought was, “Don’t sit on the swimmer, little dude!!!!”

          • Murray C. October 20, 2016 / 12:01 am

            Will someone please explain “nuffer”?

            • Not That Mike The Other Mike October 20, 2016 / 12:31 am

              “Nuff,” a verb, means to bring up an unpleasant or distressing facet of a topic that commenters are generally enjoying. It is probably derived from “enough” but I don’t know precisely how.

              • Murray C. October 20, 2016 / 1:02 am

                Thanks, Mike. I think I’ve been guilty of that occasionally – good to have a warning word!!! It’s not something I would undertake lightly or often!😳

                • Not That Mike The Other Mike October 20, 2016 / 1:17 am

                  I think we should draw a distinction between someone providing useful but unpleasant factual information, and people who just want to bring the mood down.

                  A while back, I posted a picture of a baby elephant that a reader pointed out was kept in a shady animal sanctuary known for mistreatment. That was beneficial information, not nuffing.

                  But when someone says “That animal is clearly being abused — you can tell from the look on its face,” that’s probably nuffing. It’s not wise to make sweeping judgments about something seen in a few pictures or short video clip.

              • allein 🌼 October 20, 2016 / 6:42 am

                I thought it was short for “not cute enough” from the CO days..

  2. Doug October 19, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Nuts .. Was just about to send this in .. LOL

  3. Dubravkamcvmd October 19, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Lot of onions on the site lately.

      • dubravkamcvmd October 19, 2016 / 9:44 am

        Uh-oh. I better not read new posts while I’m out and about. I’ll snuffle at home.

      • Doug October 19, 2016 / 10:25 am

        nuff said

  4. Faye October 19, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Love. Pure love.

    That’s what I need a Guard Elephant.

  5. Brouhaha October 19, 2016 / 10:03 am

    I like how the other elephants in the background have waterlines.

    When I was little I used to call them ephalints.

    • JenDeyan October 19, 2016 / 10:15 am

      I still call them ephalints. ^_^

      Little elephant is so sweet. Just crashing out in to the water to save that guy. I want to give that ‘little’ guy a big hug.

    • allein 🐾 October 19, 2016 / 11:39 am

      • 6rabbits October 19, 2016 / 11:42 pm


  6. Gigi the cat lady October 19, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Super Trunkster to the rescue!!

    • Smartypants October 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

      Splashin’ Bebeh Trunkster! 😀

      • 6rabbits October 19, 2016 / 11:41 pm


  7. Flowerfanatic October 19, 2016 / 10:51 am

    This is Derrick, one of the ellie guardians, at the Elephant Nature Park (https://www.elephantnaturepark.org/) Lek is the wonderful lady who started this rescue several years ago. It’s located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These rescues are from labor camps where they were forced to drag trees or carry people on their backs for entertainment. Most were tethered with chains on their ankles most of the day and night and couldn’t lay down to rest. They now have freedom in the forests which is where they should be. Have a look at their website and see how happy they are to finally be free. They need other ellie companionship and they can now have that. The workers in the park are so accepted by the ellies they show their love by doing what the ellie in the video is doing. Caring for those who care for them. Lek has devoted her life and resources to this effort. You can watch her sitting under one of the ellies. Or singing to them. You can volunteer to go there (as many people do) and see this first hand. I wish I was younger as I’d go there in a heartbeat. Please check it out.

  8. Doug October 19, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Is that ellie “SAR” (Search and Rescue) certified ?

  9. Murray C. October 19, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I love heffalumps so much and this makes me love them all the more – they are such gentle creatures (unless required to be otherwise) – I think the swimmer was in no danger of being sat upon – they are so aware and tender.

  10. sugitomo October 19, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I would volunteer for heffalump rescue training any day!

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