Descriptive Essay On Eating Elephants

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On Eating Elephants
The largest land animal on Earth can stand up to 13 feet tall and weigh up to 15,400 pounds, yet it is still a vulnerable creature. Perhaps this is because it has one of the largest hearts in the world, weighing up to 46 pounds. This shows in the creature’s endangerment and its compassion. Elephant populations have decreased rapidly in recent decades, primarily to habitat loss and ivory poachers. Elephants also experience emotions such as anger, joy, and grief. Perhaps the most astounding, though logical, example of the elephant’s vulnerability is its avoidance of certain acacia trees because of the ants that live on them. Elephant trunks are full of sensitive nerve endings, but it is incredible to see vulnerability on that scale - even the largest of us must succumb to obstacles, even when they seem so small. I wear an elephant pendant around my neck daily. It seems to trumpet its existence to the world for all of the notice it’s gotten; with each compliment, the feet of the elephant crush into my ribcage the way that elephants were used as executioners
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My grandfather was six-foot-two, towering over the rest of my family. When I was younger, I thought he was the tallest man in the world. Ten months of cancer claiming his body made him so small, skin and bone. When elephants grieve, they stroke the bones and lay leaves over the body to cover it. The day that I found out my grandfather had hairy cell leukemia, a rare strand of the already rare strand of chronic lymphotic leukemia, my best friend sat 205 miles away and gave me the best advice possible over Skype. She asked: “How do you get rid of an elephant in a room?” I thought of the massive size of an elephant, imagining one squeezing like a balloon into my nine-foot-tall living room. “You have to eat it,” she said, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a
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