An Oliphaunt: Grey as a mouse/ Big as a house/ Nose like a snake/ I make the earth shake/ As I tramp through the grass/ Trees crack as I pass./ With horns in my mouth/ I walk in the South/ Flapping big ears./ Beyond count of years/ I stump round and round/ Never lie on the ground/ Not even to die./ Oliphaunt am I/ Biggest of all/ Huge, old, and tall./ If ever you'd met me/ You wouldn't forget me./ If you never do/ You won't think I'm true/ But old Oliphaunt am I/ And I never lie.
Baby elephant kept as pet to save her from WW2 blitz
Because of the bombing in 1941, many animals in the Belfast Zoo were killed due to fears of them escaping. This baby elephant named Shelia was kept for months in this unknown woman's backyard, until it was safe for her to return to the zoo. Happily Sheila went on to survive the war, living another 25 years until her death at the zoo in 1966. Awful :(