Monday, November 24, 2008

"The Wonder Show" #6

Scan10986, originally uploaded by bucklesw1.

Someone was asking about a "push-pad".
This is a pretty good shot of one and shows how the straps can be adjusted to fit different elephants.
These were used to protect against nails or bolts protruding from the vehicle.


Anonymous said...

This one isn't a Christy photo, it's either B&B or RBBB. None of the B&B tableau cages constructed in the mid-1910s ever served on Christy. In fact, only one ever was used anywhere other than B&B or RBBB, it was on HW for a couple years.

Anonymous said...

Question: I have heard that elephants who were used for pushing a lot would in later life loose control to curl their trunks up or carry show people in them. Is there any truth to this Buckles?


Buckles said...

I've also heard that doing a head stand will produce the same effect.
Everyone has seen films of elephants continually pushing over large trees for food and other purposes, it's a natural habit.
So in short, I don't know.

Anonymous said...

Is the issue the location of the nerve bundles being in a location where they might be damaged?

Anonymous said...

If that's the handler on the right, I would think that he is on the wrong side, unless the picture is reversed. Kind of had to tell with no titles, etc. to judge by.
Bob Kitto

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the answer Buckles. Your comments about trees and their natural dealings in the wild makes sense.