Jeff Corwin, well-known animal enthusiast, had an "experience" yesterday in Cambodia.
|CAMBODIA. Yesterday in Phnom Penh, popular animal enthusiast Jeff Corwin had a surprising encounter with an adult elephant, who was taking a bath in the shallow waters there. The popular host of "The Jeff Corwin Experience" was talking to the camera as he stood next to the elephant, whose trunk was playfully wrapped around Jeff's left arm.
In a matter of seconds, the elephant grabbed Jeff's left arm with his mouth, twisting it back and forth, while Jeff shrieked loudly. His assistants helped him up and accompanied him out of the water, but it was apparent that Mr. Corwin was visibly shaken. His face showed that he was immediately in pain, as he clutched his left arm while being helped to shore.
Later, after the incident, Jeff was interviewed by reporters where he displayed a sling on his left arm. He stated that he didn't believe there were any broken bones, and that he was lucky, because the huge elephant was probably fifteen to twenty times as strong as himself. He did state that there were probably some bruised ligaments and tendons in his injured arm.
He also stated the fact that there used to be thousands of elephants in Cambodia and around Southeast Asia, but there numbers had dwindled to hundreds, due to illegal poaching and the loss of their natural habitat. Pointing out that elephants are social animals, he also was very outspoken against the use of animals like elephants and tigers in zoos and circuses.
He brought attention to the problem being that once the animals are exposed to those conditions in captivity, they are no longer able to survive in the wild, but they are also not really tame. They are always predisposed to "act out" against their captors in unpredictable behavior, which can sometimes be dangerous and harmful to their human handlers. According to those who study these animals, it is an increasing problem, as the human population continues to grow, and to crowd out the animals' natural habitats.