By Judy Reene Singer
From the writer of nonetheless existence with Elephant comes the tale of 1 girl and her quest to save lots of an impressive animal. After a yr spent taking care of child elephants in Africa, Neelie Sterling is getting ready to come back to the States and a lifestyles full of exes—ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, ex-house, ex-horse. yet she is abandoning a few unfinished enterprise in Zimbabwe: a truly specific elephant detailed for execution. With the aid of her new good friend Diamond-Rose Tremaine, an eccentric safari operator, Neelie manages to shop for your time for the imperiled pachyderm, figuring out that after she lands in ny they are going to have to increase money for his rescue. as soon as they're domestic, every thing turns into a fight. Neelie and Diamond-Rose now needs to relearn the right way to continue to exist in an city jungle of desk manners and actual beds whereas dealing with the overbearing affections of Neelie's relations. tougher nonetheless, Neelie desperately wishes assistance from her filthy rich conservationist ex-boyfriend, Tom, to save lots of the wonderful creature—and swallowing her satisfaction simply can be the largest problem of all.
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I turned around to see a thin man running with a camera. ” I asked. “That big bull elephant,” he said. “Breaks into camp here around dinnertime. He’s famous for it. Practically a mascot. ” No one seemed fearful. There was a contagion of high spirits and laughter and several comments about Tusker’s frequent visits. Some even proudly mentioned they had old videos of him, as though he were a star. There was a loud trumpet, and my heart jumped inside my chest. For all the hundreds of elephants I had seen by now, the sight of one still sent a thrill through me.
Please, no shooting the animals. ” He just patted the rifle and smiled pleasantly. ” We slipped easily through the lavender rushes, hiking along the curvature of Lake Kariba, leaving broken stalks of heather in our wake. From the edges of the lake rose half-submerged pale skeletons of dead trees, arms outstretched like graceful dancers, holding delicate white egrets in their hands as though offering up living ornaments to the azure sky. Beyond the flash of flaming orange bushes lay a backdrop of thick blue-green brush and dark blue mountains.
Hippos drank nonchalantly at the water’s edge, and several crocodiles floated close, their eyes studying the shoreline, watching the herons, the antelope, the impala that drank there, waiting for a sign of weakness. The guide led us away from the shoreline now, and inward, toward the forest. The smaller brush was gone, replaced by stands of mahogany trees reaching skyward, like heavenly supports. Animals peeked at us from behind the acacia trees, then fled as our guide led us deeper into the interior.