Overheard on CNN.com: Elephant rescue is uplifting story
Despite efforts from their herd to help, the pair were unable to free themselves.
November 11th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Elephant rescue is uplifting story

Comment of the Day:

"If you see an animal in pain or distressed and you can help, why wouldn't you? Screw non-intervention, I'll intervene every time." -luked

Dramatic rescue of mother and baby elephant

A dehydrated mother elephant and her calf were pulled from a mud pit by a conservation team in Zambia. Previous attempts by the elephant herd to save the pair had failed. This story was a favorite: CNN.com readers said it was a bright spot amongst the usually depressing news stories.

fjrchooser said, "I raise my bottle of the Gods must be Crazy juice in salute to the rescuers!"

hedgehog said, "I think we all need a few positive stories now and again. It sure beats the heck out of the normal, depressing stuff I read."

taffd said, "I'm sure things like this happen all the time around the world–we need to hear about them so that we know the earth isn't just a place of war, criminals, falling economies etc. This story did me a world of good."

RandyinOC said, "This is a great story! I believe there are many great stories around us every day, but they don't make good news so we usually only hear the bad. That's why it seems like everything is always so doom and gloom. It would be great to read more of these and by looking at all the 'Likes' on these comments below, I think most of your readers would agree, CNN!"

doonerist said, "Wait ... this is not a complete story. Was there any aftercare, or were the mother and baby just left to rejoin the herd? I want to know what happened AFTER the rescue."

lidetector said, "Mankind has already negatively interfered way too much with nature, elephants in particular, so, when the opportunity presents itself to help a species, we should do so. Elephants are proven to be especially intelligent and to have a sense of feeling for herd members, so I am really glad to read this article. It is really a great ending."

CWarden said, "I agree that the community behavior exhibited by elephants is really lovely and they are such gorgeous animals that we should be doing everything we can to protect them."

Shelama said, "Wow! It made me cry. Not only primates among the social animals show the evolutionary traits of empathy and altruism."

Laboy75063 said, "I'm so happy to read pleasant news for a change. I love that the other elephants came to help." TechIsReady said, "They always try to help when a herd member is in trouble."

XoriusM said, "I had to read the article twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things. A heartwarming article? You mean no war in the Middle East, a flood in Thailand, or a European financial collapse? *Smile*, thank you elephants."

crackiswhack said, "Well done, humanity. There's hope for us yet."

Blind man uses his ears to see

Daniel Kish lost his sight when he was a baby, but he has since learned to navigate much like a bat–by clicking his tongue and listening for the echoes. He aims to teach others his techniques. In a PopTech presentation, he showed videos of his blind students riding mountain bikes through obstacle courses, playing basketball and skateboarding. Most CNN.com readers were amazed and enthusiastic.

DexterDexter said, "I'd be interested in seeing brain activity. Has he awakened some sectors in the human brain that have long been dormant?" Lokari replied, "He hasn't awakened any dormant part of his brain, he's just learned to pay attention to the minute echoes from his clicks, and interpret what they tell him about his environment. It's very impressive, and no doubt an extremely skill to have, but it's just a question of training and practice."

myslant said, "I am skeptical as to the efficacy of this procedure, particularly outdoors. One would have to possess a superhuman hearing ability just to hear the reflected sound waves." Persuter replied, "Try this as an experiment. Stand near a bend in a hallway. Have your friend stand around the bend where you can't see him or her. Have them make a sound. If you hear the sound, then your assertion is incorrect."

Basil999 said, "When I was in college there was a guy at UofH who echolocated by clapping his hands. He didn't even have a cane. It was absolutely fascinating to watch. He was spot on with locating objects–people, curbs, streets–amazing."

Riggan said, "Hats off to Kish! The blind community has often resisted adaptive technologies. I don't know about today, but not too long ago, many schools for the blind would not allow guide dogs on their campus."

wagn asked, "Why do advocates for the blind rule it out if it could make the lives of blind people easier? What's the hurt? I think that it's silly to just shoot it down when a blind person is successfully using this."

ringobabe said, "There are people trying to figure out dolphin language. Daniel need to talk to these folks; he'll be able to give them some pointers."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Peter the Great

    Avser, dude, I wouldn't come over to read your spam if you paid me. Your posting style is annoying enough.

    November 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      yeah that would be like running with dah wolves your computer probally come back fullah all kinna viruses like creatures similar to bedbugs, lice, crabs, fleas, and scabies...

      November 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy and gung Hello. Elephants are great, I also like giraffes and penquins. Gung you are correct it makes me ill to see elephants in the circus and at the Zoos too.
    @Philip-If you would please write a thought, write your research that gives it merit and explain your opinion, it would be easier to understand your point on all the blogs. The so many thoughts on so many different topics makes it seem incoherent. I do not know if you realize this or if you just think and write without proof reading it? So much about so much makes it hard to understand.

    November 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    While mother nature is tough, WE humans, in our arrogance and "superior demeanor" have decimated so many of these magnificent animals that ANY help we provide them is a breath of fresh air. Personally, I wish the WORLD would pass a law that ANYONE caught killing them should be shot on site and left for food for those animals they would destroy for pleasure, trophies or money!

    November 13, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. lin

    My son works with elephants like these, all over Africa and Asia. To save them from becoming distinct like the black rhino.

    November 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Canadianmom

    I love to see stories of courage and love for other species than ourselves. Elephants are so misunderstood and ill-treated by circuses, sometimes zoos and their own indigenous countries that allow them to be culled and poachers who have killed them for their tusks. This story just uplifts your heart – to know that there are people who truly value and love these animals! I am definitely one of them and I hope that some day, these majestic animals will be appreciated and respected by us for the high intelligence they possess and the tremendous complex and loving society they live in. We can learn so much from them, and hopefully, we will continue to fight for not only their survival, but their conservation in this world.

    November 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
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