Let's suppose that one day a baby elephant followed you home from school or the playground and you mom said, "Yes. You may keep it but YOU have to take care of it."

Lucky for you we just happen to have a recipe you can use to make baby elephant milk. Milk is the only thing they can eat when they are very young. They don't know how to use their short little trunks until they get older. They are only able to suckle milk from their mother or from a big baby bottle.

Ask your mom to cook a batch of this special formula from from page 166 of "Wild Elephants In Captivity" by Dr. Jack Adams.

In a 3 gallon container boil 1 3/4 gallons water. Add 3 tablespoons salt and 4 cups raw rice. Cook for a half hour then cover and simmer until rice is soft. Add 3 cups oatmeal and simmer some more until cooked. Turn off heat and add 1/2 teaspoon D-Ca-Fos, 2 cups wheatgerm, 2 cups dark karo syrup, 1 pound peanut butter, 8 ounces honey, 12 1/2 ounces applesauce, and 1 megavitamin and mineral capsule. Stir until mixed well. It should be a liquid. If too thick to feed through a bottle nipple, add some water.

By the way. Remember your mom saying you have to take care of the elephant ? After a few months it won't be such a baby anymore. It will eat a lot of stuff and make a lot of poops. Somebody will have clean up behind it and I bet it won't be your mom.

[ African elephant and baby. See how short the baby's trunk is ? Photo was found online at www.cam.cornell.edu/~lmchilds/Elephant%20Baby on a page posted by student Lauren M Childs. ]

[ Asian elephant and baby, but the baby's ears look African rather than Asian. Not sure. Photo found online at a blog lizainthailand.blogspot.com/2007/03/ about a trip to Thailand. Neither photo showed copyright notice so we decided to show them to you and hope they won't mind. ]


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