National Geographic : 1938 Sep
CUT OUT FROM A HERD AND ROPED, A HALF-GROWN ELEPHANT SHRILLS DEFIANCE AT ITSCAPTORS IN THE CONGO JUNGLE Directing his band of hunters, Captain Offerman, the Belgian trainer, picks out a healthy youngster in a herd. Boys circle the prospect, slipping arope around one of its legs. Then they yell wildly to stampede the other elephants. Furiously the captive struggles, pulling the boys back and forth, while they try to tether itto a tree. At the Gangara na Bodio training school, the newcomer is put in charge of an adult elephant. A moralbond soon isestablished between them and the pupil never tries to escape. After 10 years of instruction, the elephant is thoroughly schooled in doing the work ofabout sixty men-felling trees, drawing carts with six-ton loads, pulling six-bladed plows, and performing other useful work.