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There’s something beautiful about a memorial to an animal. I can’t remember where but there’s a statue of a dog that what killed saving someone from an attack of some kind, it’s a vague memory lol
What makes this monument unique and especially cool is that it is dedicated to an elephant that destroyed human property to protect other elephants—not humans. Most memorials to animals are erected to honor animals that sacrificed for humans (e.g. the Balto statue in NYC).
Yeah that’s the touching part, it says something good about humanity that we can respect and honor the bravery of an animal who was trying to protect his family. There’s of a course a flip side to that with poaching and trophy hunting but it’s still nice
Also the fact that an elephant derailed a goddamn train to protect it's family. I'm not doubting some of the reason for this memorial is a tribute to our respect and understanding of animals, but I'm sure another contributing aspect is just how bad ass it is that an elephant derailed a moving train.
If you manage to stop a semi on the freeway to save your kid they should erect a monument for you too.
So aren't we gonna talk about how the heck could a train threaten a herd of elephants though?
A train moves on tracks. It's not like a train's gonna chase them or something. I thought elephants are smart.
But it looks like they subscribe to the Prometheus school of running away from things.
Those trains were bringing in cheap imported goods, ruining the elephant's family run business.
Elephants are known to produce excellent cannonballs
I feel like I've seen them shoot cannonballs out of their trunks, in some colorful hand drawn documentary that I watched as a young child.
Elephant snot balls were the artillery of ancient times, this is known. Why you think Hannibal marched so many elephants across the alps.
They were importing shitty, low-grade peanuts in the thousands. They sold at a fraction of what Elephant dude and his family’s peanuts sold for. It didn’t matter though. The taste didn’t even compete with the locally roasted peanuts from Elephant Dude’s family. After months of train cars delivering imports through his land, it got to a point that sent ED over the edge...
It's like that statue of a female baboon memorial for sacrificing herself for anal sex to help the males of her species explore sexual freedom. Tragic and heartwarming.
My brain: picturing an elephant situation room where elephants are figuring out the logistics of the lumber industry.
Go explain that to an elephant.
I went, but it tried to derail me. Next time I won't take the train.
Elephants are not used to moving aside for other things, it's usually the other things that move.
They arent called the architects of nature for nothing
There have been many instances of a single train killing multiple elephants on the track. The train comes super fast and takes elephants by surprise.
TBH I find that's the best way to take an elephant.
Maybe a baby got foot stuck in tracks while crossing?
The whole heard will champion forces to rescue.
They also trumpet 'Welcome!' to new births and greive death.
How can we strap our ass to them and make them pose for $10 photos?
We can explain everything with "maybe" in this world.
Maybe we can, maybe we can’t.
Ah yes, 'maybe' Hitler was a bad guy. You can, but you definitely shouldn't.
Maybe he realized we live imprisoned in a simulation and had found a way to unravel the deception by creating a mass armed conflict that would overload its processing capacity. He was trying to save us all. But he kind of couldn't go far enough to disrupt the simulation, so instead we're still inside, but at the cost of millions of deaths and devastation.
That's my best take so far. I also have another, but it involves gay frog lizard aliens, I don't wanna go there yet if the above is sufficiently "maybe".
What we're doing next? I can maybe try to make Harvey Weinstein look good.
Maybe Stephen King was the Locomotive Engineer?
The elephant doesn't know that though all they see is large loud coming towards us.
If you think about, the award is more of a participation trophy went to the first elephant in line
Imagine if it's like...
Reality: "Train hits an elephant that happened to be on the tracks. Because elephants are big, this derailed the train."
Memorial sign: "Oh shit this elephant is a hero who threw himself at the train to save his loved ones"
I couldn’t stop a bike.
Does it say something good about humanity when it's immediately notable for how exceptional it is? The norm is "we may respect you if you sacrifice yourself for us, maybe".
It shows what people are like without the struggles. A glimpse into a healthy society.
probably not even his fulltime family since bull elephants are usually solitary or form (transient) bachelor groups
As and aside: if you think you know the story of Balto and his feats, I suggest you watch Togo (featuring an amazing Willem Dafoe as the human lead).
It’s a disney movie so it does have that idealistic “feel good mans best friend overcoming all obstacles in the face of certain defeat” halo they place atop these kinds of stories... but I loved it.
Great story and great movie. Togo deserves the recognition
Fun thing about that is that Balto didn't even run the majority of the distance of even the most dangerous part. Both of those feats were accomplish by Togo. Balto just happend to be the dog crossing the finish line. If interested the book The Cruelest Miles is a good read
After watching Togo all I can really say is fuck Balto. Like he's a good boi, but he stole the spotlight from Togo! Stupid journalist!
If reality keeps being as hamfisted and terrible as it has, there’s gonna be a news story where they take this sign down to make way for Uber Elephant Rides or something
I’m pretty sure it’s just gonna be that elephants stop existing
Shep the Turnpike dog is a really cool story about a dog that essentially lived in a tollbooth for 14 years and made history. They’re naming a bridge in Broomfield, Colorado after him to keep his memory alive.
Shep is a goddammed legend.
Goddamn everytime I read those stories about dogs having wild lives I always cry. Bob the railway dog is another one that’s almost unbelievable
yeah, there's that Japanese one outside a train station (story was it always waited for its owner at the station. One day the owner dies at work but the dog stays there until its end). Different kind of memorial but still was cool
Hachiko was the name of the dog. Owner name was Ueno.
Don’t watch the movie. It’s sad af.
Reminds me of Red Dog. That movie was sad af as well
Every dog movie is sad af.
My dad laughed so hard when this became viral
Snow Dogs is sad in a different way though.
sad is a true understatement, i just watched it once, and i could not bear to watch it again because my heart would break, i had to pause that movie like 10 times
Is it outside Ueno station? I remember it being somewhere else.
its at the Shibuya Crossing. But i cant remember if its near the Ueno station
No, Ueno station is on the opposite side of Tokyo from Shibuya station
The statue is outside Shibuya station. That dog is also famous for rescuing many clueless foreigners from being lost.
Hachiko is near Shibuya Crossing by the old historic train cars outside Shibuya station's North gate (Hachiko Gate) under the trees. A lot of people are always meeting there so it's hard to miss.
God damnit, I can not go one day without being reminded of Jurassic bark
Fucking same. I just started crying thinking about it. Like I can’t stop now.
And now his memorial is a common meeting spot to wait for friends to arrive
There was a dog like that in Poland as well. He was called Dżok and he has a statue in Cracow
That story brings tears to my eyes every single time. The dog was with the owner for 2 years, and stayed loyal for 9 more. Fuuuck.
Got to see his statue in 2019 after wanting to travel to Japan for years. SUCH A GOOD BOY 😢
D E W E Y
1898 - 1910
"He was only a cat."
But he was human enough to be a great comfort in hours of loneliness and pain.
Damn, I can see that tombstone etched in memory.
Dewey's resting place for those who haven't seen it before.
I've always liked this one
Modern medicine as we know it was built on the back of lab animals that died so that humans could be saved some day. Every lab animal should be treated with this kind of respect in mind
My favourites are the rabbits that had lipstick rubbed in their eyes so we could look a little bit better. It's one thing to be noble to save a life, another to take one for the team for aesthetics.
As the owner of a rabbit, the horror stories regarding conditions of animals tested on for cosmetics breaks my heart. Testing for scientific purposes that leads to meaningful data that can save lives is necessary; however, examples like the one you stated are disgusting
you, or anyone else, should watch "The Secret of Nimh"
Tear down the monument. I heard that he was a Rat...
Was it George?
Since everyone else is mentioning animals with memorials, I would like to pay tribute to Wojtek, a bear that served in the polish army during WWII. He has a statue in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Do you remember roughly which country you saw the statue ?
Perhaps this one?
I always loved the memorial to Balto it might have something to do with the fifty times I watched the movie as a kid.
Just wanted to mention the Tombili Statue in Istanbul.
I really like statues honouring animals, they always seem to have a cool story. A really famous one here in New Zealand is the statue at Lake Tekapo honouring working dogs.
There’s a memorial in Swansea, South Wales for a dog called “Swansea Jack” who saved 27 people from drowining in the docks and riverbanks in Swansea.
He was indeed, a very good boy!
There is an old folk story about a dog Gelert here, the village Beddgelert is said to be named after him.
Here is a link to the story:-
Story of Gelert
I think it’s about the little dog that died saving a kid from being mauled to death by a pitbull. I remember specifically because there were a lot of comments saying how pitbulls weren’t dangerous because people were upset a pitbull nearly killed a kid. Brb
Edit. His name was Leo.
There is a statue of a dog in Japan - Tokyo, I think - don’t know why it’s there.
For tremendous loyalty to his owner, a trait Japanese believe al Japanese should have.
There's a memorial statue for police dogs, killed on duty, in my local park: https://monumentaustralia.org.au/themes/culture/animals/display/97823-k-9-memorial
There's a particuarly sad memorial to the donkeys and horses who died in the first world war nestled into Park Lane on Hyde Park in London. You wouldn't notice it really.
At the place I work at we have a bronze placard on one of our buildings dedicated to Ginger. A golden retriever that was born on the campus to her stray mother and taken care of by the maintenance department.
Ginger was a staple of life for students and staff for 13 years. She had her own bed down in the maintenance building. She would follow me home after work and wait outside the 7-11 for me to buy her some beef jerky.
She was a good dog. Unless you happened to be a smaller dog or a cat otherwise she would chase you off campus. And god help you if you were a squirrel. She ate them.
I remember once being in my office when I heard some unholy banshee wailing outside and came out to see some pissed off blond woman carrying her tiny rat dog away from the baseball field screaming that she’s “going to call animal control on that monster!!!” referring to Ginger which must have charged at her rat dog. I asked her if her dog was hurt and she screamed at me “No but you guys shouldn’t let wild animals on campus!” I told her that the baseball field isn’t a public dog park and that she can’t walk her dog here anyway and she huffed off to Karen elsewhere.
King Shivaji's pet dog Waghya has a statue at his capital fort
A memorial for the squirrel that ate through a wire that canceled classes for two days.
Cmon, op. Go the extra step for us.
"The British Engine Driver could not do anything because it had stood defiantly on the railway tracks and refused to budge in spite of the loud whistling and hooting as the train thundered and hurtled towards it. The beast was really huge and taller than the 'Iron Horse' and it collided with it head on at 50 mph (100km). The impact derailed the engine and 3 coaches."
eta, I enjoyed learning about this so I do appreciate the post
When I read that sign, I figured the elephant struck the train from the side. That animal was sending a message.
Could be that the elephant had little concept of things which were faster, heavier and generally more destructive than itself. Maybe it just thought "I can take this"
I think they call that propaganda of the deed
Everything I know about elephants makes me think they’re pretty conscious beings, and that’s the kind of thing you do when you want your death to mean something.
Yeah but we as humans have a tendency to anthropomorphise animal behaviour. We project our feelings onto them and look to relate to them.
Yeah this elephant definitely didn’t want his death to mean something. He saw a big metal rectangle coming towards his herd and defended them.
Nah, he was just doing it for clout.
And now he has a big metal rectangle over his grave
Probably. Elephants are self aware and extremely intelligent so I'm always open to the idea that they're doing a lot of thinking.
That’s an interesting idea. I don’t think the elephant went that deep, but I agree with your message. Animals deserve more respect.
The animal was just in training
Wow, I feel really sad for the brave elephant who felt like he or she had to do that.
Same. Then reminded of how we are killing them for their tusks and they will probably become extinct.
Oh ok thanks, I feel better about it now.
We are not, some among us are. We have laws in place and there are efforts to stop this.
I can guarantee you the destruction of their habitat is a much larger force of extinction than poaching is. All of humanity can be considered complicit* in this in one way or another.
50mph isn't 100kmph
If anyone needs help remembering, Rihanna sang this line "0 to 60 in 3.5 baby you got the keys, shut up and drive"
Given how matric metric is, 0 to 60 is mph for 0 to 100
0-60 existed as a metric long before Rihanna
True. Just that for me, the song sticks in my head
Also because growing up in kms I've never heard 60kph as being a benchmark apart from being the speed that many lorries are limited to
So 60mph made sense when I realised it was 100kph
Fibonacci sequence helps too. The ratio of km/m is close to the ratio of succesive numbers in the sequence. So, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21... means 3 miles are 5km (and so 6m = 10km), 50mph is 80kmph etc
50mph is 80 kph
Strange coincidence they actually hanged an elephant on some railroad tracks with a crane next to where I live
Where the fuck do you live?! What a horrible thing to do!
The elephant killed its handler it was a long time ago just one of those stories I’ll never forget cause it’s so strange and the pictures are horrible https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant)
That’s horrible and what a drawn out and painful death for her :(
You have no idea I just read the article apparently after she trampled the guy someone got so upset he shot her five times. Then the chain broke during the first attempted hanging causing her to break her hip. Come to find out she had an infected tooth in the same place the trainer prodded her which is why she trampled him
And the "trainer" was a homeless guy they found and placed on the back of the elephant....
They hired him the day before. Jfc
Yeah I read it, horrible stuff
Oh, dang! 1916 was a different time, for sure. That's ... just wow.
This is so fucked up. What the fuck. :(
Jesus. I just read it. I didn't want to but I did and that's just.. Fucking humanity, you know? Monsters don't scare me but films that show the ugly potential of people terrify me. And then to read the cruelty that's already happened to innocent and taken advantaged of animals? I am so ashamed to be part of the human race
Related (albeit fictional): https://youtu.be/UzSGtHu-L-E
Elephant refused to swear the oath,
/ Said "I don't know anything about truth,
/ But I know falsehood when I see it,
/ And it looks like this whole world you've made"
Elephant refused to swear the oath,
/ Said "I don't know anything about truth,
/ But I know falsehood when I see it,
/ And it looks like this whole world you've made"
Elephants are amazing. They have memory enough that when they pass the site where an elephant died, they still grieve the loss and honor the dead.
So sad, this used to be in the middle of a malaysian rainforest.
Now its just a plantation. The sign might still be there but the elephant and its herd ultimately lost.
Yea i went to a plantation for observation and as you said, the plantations cover a huge area. There just no animals in it.
Not just a plantation, but the surrounding are now a growing residential areas. Elephants are now rarer or even considered no longer around, at least in Teluk Intan or Lower Perak districts.
That elephant was a badass pachyderm.
The train's trip was trunkated
That’s sad on multiple levels—that it felt that it had to, that the spread of man was already encroaching on elephant domain back in 1894. But it’s also beautiful and shows a great spirit
We’ve been encroaching a lot longer than that..
I want to make a comment but I'm not sure if elephant ears count as capes
Loxodont ear capes?
Wait, no, seems this was in Malaysia.
Would have been the matriarch of the herd. Bull elephants are mostly solitary animals.
Elephucked that train up
“I derailed a train and all I got was this stupid sign”
And saved his herd, and that's something to be proud of.
Is this in Malaysia?
Yes it is.
I thought the background scenery looks like in Malaysia.
Where is this memorial in?
We don’t deserve elephants.
Don't worry. They'll be gone soon enough
NATURE SHALL SUBMIT TO INDUSTRIALAIZATION
Near the little town of Tapah in Malaysia, an old tusker defended his herd by charging at an oncoming train and died in the process. So moved were railway officials by this elephant’s bravery that a memorial sign, which still survives, was erected at the spot he fell with the inscription “There is buried here a wild elephant who in defence of his herd charged and derailed a train on the 17th day of September, 1894”.
I didn’t know male elephants had herds, thought they were led by females.
I thought elephant herds consisted solely of females and their young, and that males were solitary.
FOR THE HERD!!!
this was erected in Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia
So that's the elephants' solution to the trolley problem...
The answer to the trolley problem.
Lmao that was my first thought
It was more likely a female elephant. The males don’t remain with the herd after maturity.
But, I mean, it’s not exactly the first time a guy’s taken credit for a woman’s labors, so....😁
It kinda makes you take into perspective how fucking massive and strong elephants are
At least now we know what stops the train
Chances are the elephant only meant to bluff the train
Kind of reminds me of an animal version of that one badass dude from tien mien Square thing, where he stared down a line of tanks.
His name was Wilde Lephant.
Something similar happened to another Elephant in the town i was born in. His name was Jumbo, and there's a statue of him there today.
Trains and elephants don't do well it seems...
“Jumbo” the elephant is famous is St Thomas, Ontario Canada for getting hit by a train over a hundred years ago, they have a life sized statue for him too.
Immediately thought of mwY
Same. Glad to see I'm not the only one. Ten Stories spoke to me on a level that no other album ever has. mewithoutYou has impacted my life in ways that I never thought a rock band ever could.
Elephant herds are led by matriarchs, so it was most likely a female not a male
Tank boy who
Did anyone die in the derailment?
Does that say 1894?
I imagine an epic scene of it dying like Leonidas did in 300
She, male elephants are solitary.
It is official. Sept 17 is no longer my birthday, it is Elephant Remembrance Day.
Its my birthday too, there's a lot of neat things that have happened on the 17th.
Hey birthday buddy! Yes, the signing of the US constitution is one I really like
I love that such few words can depict something this complicated.
Love that it personified the elephant with “who” and “his”, really adds another level of respect to the acknowledgment.
& it's not the only time it's happened either: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/when-trains-thundered-into-indias-forests-in-the-1800s-they-set-behemoth-and-beast-on-a-collision-course/article31869185.ece
Similar story in St. Thomas, Ontario Canada with Jumbo the Eleephant
Our memorial was a bit.... Larger :)
It's funny, this can be read as a memoriam or as a warning to other elephants.
Rest in peace
I guess the only train the elephant lost to that day was its train of thought. Nature is metal and so was the locomotive, unfortunately
Jesus does that say 1894?!
Jumbo the Elephant did this too
this is indeed very interesting
What a very good boi
I first read that as "herb" and wanted to see the elephant munching its stash.
Needs a Kickstarter for a commissioned elephant statue taking on a train
Bring it on, tin can!
Not to be insensitive or anything but that elephant was a fucking badass
We need elephants in GTA v right now
Petition to add "fucking" right between "a" and "train".
can really an elephant derail a train?? shouldn't it have exploded on contact with only little dmg in the train??