Killer Elephants Ch 5

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Date: 21st April 2013


I watched a fascinating documentary on Channel 5 about Killer Elephants in an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009/10. Most of the dead elephants were female and had been attacked in a particularly nasty way. It was thought that one Young Rogue Bull was the culprit and then it was discovered he wasn’t the only one on the rampage. And what did it boil down to – most of the older Bulls with their valuable ivory had been killed by poachers. The young males had no one to ‘teach them’ or to act as Role models. So, basically the young ones were behaving like tearaway young thugs of today who will sometimes commit murder because they've not been given 'respect'.

I thought it unfortunate that there was no more recent follow up to see whether the problem got worse,  stopped or just petered out.  

There’s a moral there – we have so much violence in society these days and much of it is down to young men, with testosterone raging round their bodies, and no male model to either keep them in check or help them cope with life.

I find the schedules on Ch. 4 and Ch. 5 very difficult to understand. They show some truly high value superb documentaries sandwiched in between what, for me, are totally rubbishy and tasteless programmes where I find myself asking ‘What kind of people watch these sad programmes’.

Still I suppose it is a good thing that we are all different with our varying likes and dislikes

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