Elephants endlessly amaze. Here’s a wonderful video of a civic-minded ellie that even the most skeptical disbeliever in the great beasts’ intelligence would find difficult to dismiss:
And here’s a quote from the great Carl Safina, from his book Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel:
Many people fantasize that if they won the lottery, they would quite their job and immerse themselves in leisure, play, family, parenthood, occasional thrilling sex; they’d eat when they were hungry and sleep whenever they felt sleepy. Many people, if they won the lottery and got rich quick, would want to live like elephants.