The Superb Story of Ginny the Elephant (Warning – Get Kleenex!)

The Superb Story of Ginny the Elephant (Warning – Get Kleenex!)

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Written By Adeline


The Superb Story of Ginny the Elephant (Warning – Get Kleenex!)

As soon as upon a time, I took my group of animal communication college students to the San Antonio Zoo.

Their directions have been to wander round and discover animal lecturers to follow speaking with for about an hour. Then we have been all to fulfill on the elephant enclosure as a result of there was a really particular elephant there named Ginny I wished to introduce them to. I additionally wished to inform them a tremendous elephant story – Ginny’s story.

That they had discovered the right way to greatest join and open the dialog. A number of the college students, being extremely delicate and empathic like myself, have been fearful.

What if the animal‘s story was heartbreaking? What in the event that they have been in ache, or indignant or grieving or unhappy… ? And what if their distress was greater than they may bear?


I understood their issues. I’ve felt them myself and have usually had college students inform me they have been afraid to work with rescued, abused or sick, transitioning animals… for a similar causes.

However this is the factor…

No matter is going on or has already occurred for the animal is a part of their story. What they want is the flexibility to speak and be heard to allow them to heal and let it go.

It is not your job to tackle their stuff once you open a channel to speak.

Your job is to offer them a method to be understood, to really feel compassionate, loving consideration, to create a coronary heart centered area for listening and caring, and THAT is such a valuable reward.

Many instances therapeutic happens, constructive modifications happen that have been sudden, and proper earlier than your eyes (for those who do it proper), you possibly can see them develop into extra absolutely current, they heal, they develop, they breathe a giant sigh of reduction, and so they let the previous go.

It is a miracle to witness, and heartwarming past perception.

So, kleenex of their pockets, hearts open and accessible, with loving and clear intention set, off they went!

Once we met again on the elephant enclosure later, they have been delighted with their experiences. Some animals ignored them, they have been too misplaced in their very own world and weren’t desirous about speaking to a human.

Different animals have been so appreciative of getting been heard, they have been excited and delighted.

They mentioned issues like, “Wait, did you say one thing? You, a dense human, can hear me? That may’t be proper… I believed people have been too unaware to speak. Significantly, you actually are speaking to ME? And you may hear me too?? OMG! Let me go get my buddies!”

And different animals would come working up wanting to witness the miracle of a human who may hear them and speak their language.

A lot enjoyable!! And the tales they advised? Oh my.

Heartwarming! Inspirational! Touching! Wow.

In the present day I’ve one other story to inform you.

A number of weeks earlier I might been referred to as by a zoo docent to return assist them with certainly one of their elephants.

Ginny, the 50 yr previous matriarch of the small elephant herd on the zoo, had killed their head handler.

No person else had been there when it occurred, so there have been no witnesses. Solely the proof of carnage left behind.

Once I arrived, they’d her in chains, in a metallic cage barely sufficiently big for her physique. She stood there dejectedly however proud, quiet and withdrawn. Resigned and ready for her destiny to be decided.

The handlers and administration hadn’t determined in the event that they must kill her or not.

Why had she gone rogue?

Was she harmful?

Would she harm anybody else?

What occurred for her to have killed that man?

Earlier than they determined what to do along with her, they wished me to speak to her and discover out precisely what occurred.

So I walked in to seek out all of the people sitting in a circle ready for me. I greeted them, sat down and took my place.

I had only a second to greet Ginny, whom I might by no means met earlier than, and supply her my assurance that my intention was to be her voice, and that I actually cared what occurred to her.

They did not give me any extra data than proper now, so I closed my eyes and tuned into Ginny, asking her to inform me what occurred.

She advised me that the person was usually abusive to her and her household herd. That he’d not been there for very lengthy, however was unloved and unliked. That he usually confirmed up reeking of alcohol and performing badly, unusually, unpredictably.

That fateful day she determined she’d had sufficient. He’d harm and terrorized them lengthy sufficient.

It was her job as matriarch to guard her household, and so she made the laborious resolution and acted.

She merely and calmly reached out to him, grabbed him round his waist, picked him up and held him excessive, turned him the wrong way up, and smashed his head onto the bottom laborious sufficient to crack his cranium open.

And that was that.

She took a giant breath, and I thanked her for telling me.

I relayed her story to the folks current.

That they had tears of their eyes as they listened, after which they checked out one another.

They advised me that sure, he was abusive and sure, he was usually drunk. No person preferred him. No person mourned him.

They requested me what Ginny’s intentions have been in direction of the remainder of them… would she harm them in the event that they let her go?

Once I requested, Ginny mentioned, “No, you might be all form and good hearted folks. I imply you no hurt. I solely need my household to be protected and revered.”

With just a few extra assurances from her that they have been in truth protected, they eagerly launched her chains, opened the cage and let her go free.

All of us had tears in our eyes as she reached out to thank these nearest to her with a delicate contact of her trunk.

The look in her eyes… effectively, I tear up simply to recollect it actually.

And so she continued on because the matriarch of the herd. She by no means harm anybody else.

That brings us again to the place we began… It was only a few weeks later after I was there on the Zoo with my college students.

After the scholars completed their conversations with animals, we had all agreed to reconnect on the elephant enclosure.

We have been on the far finish of the enclosure sitting on a bench within the shade. We chattered away speaking about our extraordinary experiences.

Then… I noticed Ginny on the reverse finish of the enclosure far-off from us.

She had been consuming by herself manner again away from the crowds.

However unexpectedly, she acquired actual nonetheless… and stopped chewing.

She held her head up, then appeared proper at us throughout the enclosure as her ears got here up with pleasure.

Subsequent she reached down and gathered a big pile of hay in her trunk and carried it as she walked all the way in which over…

After which she stopped, proper in entrance of us!

As she confronted us, she dropped the hay and started munching.

She greeted us lovingly, welcoming us to her dwelling. She answered a lot of our questions, and the scholars have been delighted to listen to her candy, form voice.

Swiftly one of many elephant handlers got here working over to us in alarm.

They mentioned, “What are you doing to that elephant!? She by no means pays any consideration to the vacationers and zoo guests. Why is she desirous about you lot?”

So we advised her the story, and as quickly as she knew who I used to be, she wished to shake my hand, hugging me. With tears in her eyes she thanked me effusively for my assist in saving Ginny’s life.

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