Wesley Deever of Mount Horeb WI, (former) site of the famous mustard museum, asks:
Is it safe to canoe near elephants?
If you exercise reasonable caution, these gentle giants can actually enhance your canoeing experience. For instance,if you paddle right up next to them and tug on their ears, they will give you a shower bath. It is probably best to be sitting down for this. You can also judge the depth of the water, based on the amount of elephant showing above the surface.
A couple of points to remember, to keep your experience enjoyable:
- Do not ram the point of the canoe into the elephant’s side. They may mistake you for a crocodile trying to bite them in the side. Crocodiles do not make this error twice.
- Do not allow the elephant into the canoe. They are eager to play, and may misjudge the carrying capacity of your craft. Be firm.