OK I swear this is my last Anne post—for the time being. BUT LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. It’s Anne having fun in her new digs! If that doesn’t brighten your day, you have no heart and I pity your current and/or future spouses. Though I’d pity them anyway since marriage is a total joke and a failed institution. DUDE, I’m TOTALLY KIDDING. Let’s get married and adopt young children! In pairs. I want a nice set.
She’s in her 40-ton sand pit in the picture above and her enclosure is 13 acres. She’s also got a shallow pond! And lots of stuff to eat! According to the Daily Mail, “Yesterday, she wolfed down two bales of hay, a small mountain of grain, dozens of apples, countless bananas (she prefers them lightly browned), bags of carrots and the odd handful of wine gums, all washed down with gallons of water—and still had room for her favourite snack of banana or jam sandwiches, on brown.” Jam sandwiches! Adorbs!
The facility she’s at, Longleat, now wants to become the U.K.’s first elephant sanctuary: “Plans are afoot to build a custom-made elephant enclosure, with swimming pool, central heating, wading area, enormous sandpit, proper fencing and umpteen acres that would become the first port of call in the future for distressed elephants from Europe and further afield to recuperate after appalling treatment.” That’s DOPE. They are thinking they could house six elephants at a time; some for rehab before going to the bigger sanctuaries in the U.S. and some as permanent residents—e.g. BFFs for Anne!
These Longleat people are crazy and hilarious: “We need to stimulate her and make sure she isn’t bored. But we mustn’t forget that she’s an old lady. And just like any old lady, some days she’ll be in the mood to go out and charge round the shops, and others she’ll want to put her feet up and watch Loose Women on telly.” Ha! Wacky Brits. If you want to help build this new sanctuary by donating CASH MONEY, you can go to the Longleat site and click to donate from there. They are saying the planned accommodations will cost £1 million sterling to build—what kind of elephant enclosure does that buy?! I know the GBP dominate the currency exchange but I would think it would cost like 10 times that amount. BUT! I’m not an elephant-sanctuary-building-mathematician so what do I know! But you’d think an elephant sanctuary would cost more than a one-bedroom in Manhattan.