nubbsgalore: photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts
do you ever just smell an old perfume, or hear an old song, or pass an old hangout spot and kinda break inside for a couple minutes
Marvel Comics is making Thor a woman. From Time Magazine:
TIME: How do you think this will impact fans who have been with the male version of Thor for such a long time?
Jason Aaron, writer of the Thor series: If you’re a long-time Thor fan you know there’s kind of a tradition from time to time of somebody else picking up that hammer. Beta Ray Bill was a horse-faced alien guy who picked up the hammer. At one point Thor was a frog. So I think if we can accept Thor as a frog and a horse-faced alien, we should be able to accept a woman being able to pick up that hammer and wield it for a while, which surprisingly we’ve never really seen before.
Thor as a frog makes people wonder less than Thor as a woman
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan on the sex scene [in Kill Your Darlings] that made headlines +
GOD DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS JUST THE BEST AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN.
Gay sex: it’s been happening for years.
A tree frog in Jember, Indonesia, shelters from the rain under a leaf. The amphibian reportedly held the leaf for 30 minutes before the storm passed.
Totoro Frog, I love you
It would be a crime if I didn’t reblog this.
loOK AT HIS FACE
If you’re having rain problems, I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems, but gettin’ wet ain’t one.
I hate hate hate it when women in video games make sexual noises when they get hit or die in suggestive positions
like women can’t even die in a way that doesn’t exist to turn men on
how dare you sexualise female pain
cue the bllions of fanboy tears
I like it
"It’s currently unclear who exactly is filling the role of Thor going forward, as the original character wasn’t gender-swapped."
“No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR.”
"And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!" "
" "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe."
meanwhile DC’s like “we love ubisoft”
do you know how many sad fanboy comments i read whining about how this messes up the mythology omg i just wanna roll in them this is so golden
making asgard a floating island in space is a-ok but oh my gosh dONT YOU TAKE AWAY DAT PENIS
This is pretty fuckin cool
Well at least it’ll be an easy point to start reading from if you’re new. It’s a pain in the ass finding somewhere to start from all the old stuff