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Kasumi is enjoying the sport of the internationally jet setting rich
elephant polo. This game has existed since the 1970s, although
back then it was played by only type A personality men on HUGE elephants.
As more women entered the fray the elephants got smaller, although Murray,
her mount, is still substantially large. Even though players would like
to think they are in control of such big beasts, none of them would
have a chance at even getting on an elephant without a trusty Mahout.
(The recently formed New York City branch of International Elephant
Polo practices on Humvees
Kasumis club is called the Screwy Tuskers, and is an organization of Japanese college girls of very privileged pedigrees. I was surprised to find their website filled with pictures of them in pink polo shirts and tight jeans pillow fighting. How a pillow fight would prepare them for such endeavors is a mystery, but it is probably as effective as tearing through a field in a Humvee.
Murray is a remarkable creature. In the distant past elephants were well on their way to becoming fully aquatic, along with other African natives like hippos and humans. Like a whale their nose opening is at the top of the skull, and their skeletal structure, especially in the ribcage area, has lost a lot of smaller bones and cartilage which were not needed in the buoyancy of water. Even the legs have been effected the back legs are smaller than the front because if they had continued becoming a whale those limbs would have been the first to disappear entirely. Aquatic appendages must be kept at a minimum, not only for streamlined motion, but considering other beasties that might come nibbling in the water. Murrays testicles are safely nestled inside by his kidneys that was a point of elephant anatomy that was rather hard to research and took me by surprise. Like whales, elephants have huge brains one of the biggest in the animal kingdom even when you consider the brain to body ratio. I have to wonder what all those thoughtful elephants in India and Thailand think when hordes of the super rich show up once a year to ride them around a field tapping balls with long sticks. Its especially ridiculous since the only way to actually see the ball is to lean so far over you are practically falling off the galloping beast. Kasumi is showing this move much to the delight of the Mahout. Hey, if his Mahout is happy, maybe Murray can get into the spirit of the game. Every intelligent being loves to play.
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