Friday, 23 November 2012

Waging Life for Life

the elephant of Teluk Anson, Malaysia



Ambitions have grown high over sense to set apart right from wrong, we walk forward like an uncontrolled herd of mad buffaloes to achieve a golden star which we know not will be blown off to us as barely dust arising from the looming mirage. As we set up high goals and endeavor continuously against our own mother nature to shape a world of comfort and ease, we tread a step forward to make ourselves extinct.

Starting from cutting down trees to chopping down forests for our material needs, we have been mercilessly driving away the animals, destroying their niche and habitats. Not only the inter-species fight, today when we don't even hesitate to wage intra-species fight with man killing his fellow human, animals are known to set better examples of brotherhood.

A perfect example of it is a story that relates from Teluk Anson, Malaysia. There stands a board in the forest amidst some old railway track reading aloud: THERE IS BURIED HERE A WILD ELEPHANT WHO IN DEFENSE OF HIS HERD CHARGED AND DERAILED A TRAIN ON THE 17th DAY OF OF SEPT. 1894. Railway connecting Teluk Anson to Tapah, Ipoh was completed in 1893 and its daily rumbling through the jungle had threatened the habitat of the gentle giants. Finally one day an elephant stood defiantly on the railway tracks and as the train headed towards it collided with it head on at 50 mph. The impact derailed the engine and 3 coaches.

The elephant gave his life for the sake of his herd and the fruits of his sacrifice show up today as a blooming jungle thrives there still today.