April 21, 2005
Roaming Seoul

Some zous have all the fun, though I'm not sure I'd like to be in jail.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Six elephants escaped from a zoo and roamed around the South Korean capital Wednesday, briefly crashing their way into a restaurant before being rounded up, police and zoo officials said.

The elephants were on a parade led by mahouts outside their enclosure inside Seoul Children's Grand Park in the east of the city when one was apparently startled and bolted, a zoo official said by telephone.

The five others followed "because they have the tendency to do that," the official said.

While the elephants were being led back to the zoo, three of them escaped again and crashed through a plate-glass window into a restaurant, sending terrified staff fleeing.

Crowds looked on as mahouts in blue hats ran after the elephants.

Amid the confusion, a man was also injured and needed hospital treatment after encountering another elephant on a side-street.

Firefighters and zoo keepers, helped by police, cajoled five of the elephants back into the zoo. A police officer said a sixth was at a police station and would be sent back to the zoo soon.


Posted by Zousama at 09:02 AM
April 02, 2005
Oh Elephant, You Shall Be Free!

We found this poem printed on the inside back cover of a cookbook called "Southern Cook Book of Fine Old Dixie Recipes." There were no elephant recipes.

Oh Elephant, You Shall Be Free!

The Lord made an elephant,
He made him stout;
The first thing he made
Was the elephant's snount.

He made his snout nigh tlong as a rail'
The next thing he made was an elephant's tail;
He made his tail to fan the flies,
The nexct thing he made was the elephant's eyes.

He made his eyes to see green trees,
The next thing he made was the elephant's knees.
Oh, elephant, you shall be free,
Oh, elephant, you shall be free,
When the good Lord sets you free.

Posted by The Other Zous at 11:38 PM