Happy Birthday Ivory: You Are as Transforming as the Butterfly; as Loyal as The Elephant

Happy Birthday Ivory,

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Butterflies Are Changelings; Elephants are Changeless

So many years have passed since we first met. You, an infant, staring at us with those wide, wondrous eyes. You weren’t sure whether you should smile or cry, so you simply grimaced. How wonderful this was to parents who had spent nine months anticipating this moment despite months of pain, anguish, and hospitalization. Neither you nor I were expected to live, yet God in His infinite mercy kept us both, and now, we are still here, still loving, and still gazing with wondrous eyes at everything around us.

From Momma:

We work well together, Ivory. You, with your quiet, introspective nature, and I, with my spontaneous, self-reflective nature. You are understatement; I am overstatement. Yet this combination of characteristics makes us an effective team. I am the hare; you are the tortoise. You need me to prod you along, and I need you to suggest caution. I hope that we both are equipped to reach the goal.

Our family members have similar talents and interests. It takes all of us supporting one another to produce results. There is great joy in teamwork, and the years build strength and solidity.

Life has a way of carrying us along on a swift current to places we never dreamed could exist. While on this journey we see miraculous things while in the midst of experiencing sorrows and joys. Both of these states of being can strengthen us because what colors our view of the world is how we respond to our environment and beyond. If we have been nurtured it will show, just as mistreatment will. It is in the power of those around you to make a positive impact or a negative impact on your life. It has been my goal to not only do what is right by you, but also to live it out. There is no concept of do as I say; not as I act. There is a great responsibility to help you to attain those goals that are the fabric of your dreams. We all have a right to dream, and without vision there would be no hope. The butterfly in you hopes and dreams, and the elephant in you anchors and makes those dreams attainable.

The symbolism of the butterfly is that of metamorphosis, beauty, strength, and variety. The elephant symbolizes steadiness of character, fierceness, longevity, and fidelity. You possess traits that are a combination of both, even though they may seem to be opposites. You are infinitely unique, and the man who captures you for his own will be blessed.

Keep dreaming your dreams, and set your course on a sure current. Below: A gift of song from Mom and Dad.

Love and Kisses, Momma and Papa @JYJFantalk

[Info+Pic] 120519 The Founder of Friends of the Asian Elephant(FAE) Named The Baby Elephant “PaGhreyJae” After Kim Jaejoong

 [Info+Pic] 120519 The Founder of Friends of the Asian Elephant(FAE) Named The Baby Elephant “PaGhreyJae” After Kim Jaejoong

Soraida Salwala (@SoraidaSalwala) : Baby PaGhreyJae & Mom Moghrey http://twitpic.com/9mo74r

 Soraida Salwala: So the baby is “PaGhreyJae” meaning Beautiful male elephant “Jae” from Kim JaeJoong หรือเป็นไทยก็ “พลายงามแจ” นั่นเองค่ะ ขอขอบคุณทุก ๆ ท่าน

Soraida Salwala: I’ve named the baby “PAGHREYJAE” after the Korean artist Kim Jae Joong

Soraida Salwala: Hello Baby! http://yfrog.com/nv9z6yzj


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Jaejoong Fans….you are awesome!

[T/N Soraida Salwala is the Founder of Friends of the Asian Elephant(FAE), WORLD’s first Elephant Hospital ]

World News: 50 Year Old Elephant in Thailand Gets New Prosthetic Leg

 September 2011

I posted this in September of last year simply because I knew how much Jaejoong cared about the Asian elephant. In response to Jaejoong’s pleas for saving these wonderful animals I am putting this article on the front page once again.

I pray that with all of your dedication, Jaejoong, and the help of the fans  that this project to save the Asian elephants will bear wonderful fruit.  Momma Cha  <3

(Since our Jaejoong loves both elephants and Thailand, I thought this endearing story newsworthy) Momma Cha

Elephant In Thailand Gets New Prosthetic Leg
World News: 50 Year Old Elephant in Thailand Gets New Prosthetic leg

First Posted: 9/1/11 07:19 AM ET Updated: 9/1/11 07:19 AM ET

World News: A 50-year-old elephant in Thailand who lost her left front leg a few years ago is now kicking it up with a new prosthetic.

The elephant, named Motala, lost the appendage in 1999 after she accidentally stepped on a land mine left over from the ongoing conflicts along the Thai-Myanmar border, according to CNET.com. At the time, she had been a working elephant who moved trees for a living, and was simply foraging for food in the forest when the accident occurred.

Her owners tried to save the leg, but eventually it had to be amputated. And it wasn’t until 2006 that she was able to get her first artificial leg, a temporary one that she learned to walk on, before getting a more permanent prosthesis in 2009.

Since the prosthetic has to be changed according to the weight of the elephant, Motala has been given other legs accordingly. She most recently received her third one.

Photo credits: Paula Bronstein–Getty Images

Motala, age 50, gets washed off by her mahout, an elephant driver, at the Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE) elephant hospital in the Mae Yao National Reserve August 29, 2011 Lampang,Thailand. Motala lost a foot many years back after stepping on a land mine and now is on her third prosthetic, as they need to be changed according to the weight of the elephant. The world’s first elephant hospital assists in medical care and helps to promote a better understanding of the elephant’s physiology, important in treating them for illness. For generations elephants have been a part of the Thai culture, although today the Thai elephant mostly is domesticated animal, since Thailand now has few working elephants. Many are used in the tourism sector at special elephant parks or zoos, where they perform in shows. In some cases Thailand is still deals with roaming elephants on the city streets, usually after the mahout, an elephant driver, becomes unemployed, which often causes the elephant serious stress.

Motala was unable to be reached for an interview, but actor Kurt Yaeger — who, like Motala, lost his left leg — certainly feels a kinship toward her struggles.

“I can only imagine what she went through with that first prosthetic leg,” said Yaeger, who appears with an amputee animal, Winter the Tailless Dolphin, in the upcoming film, “Dolphin Tail.”

“I remember my first time,” he said. “It was a blow to my over-confidence. I thought I’d put it on and start running, but after that first step, I was in a ton of pain. I compare it to having your arms cut off halfway and then doing pushups all day.”

From a pop culture perspective, Motala’s new leg comes at an interesting time, thanks to the recent success of Oscar Pistorius, who had a double leg amputation and qualified for the semi-finals in the 400-meter run at the track and field world championships in Seoul, Korea.

In addition, there is lots of buzz for “Dolphin Tale,” which details the true life story of how Winter, a dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater Beach, Fla., managed to survive an accident that caused her to lose her tail. World champion Muay Thai boxer Baxter Humby is also defending his title as a superwelterweight on Sept. 2 — despite having no right hand, which was amputated just below his elbow at birth.

Yaeger said he finds the timing of all this interesting and hopes that it sets the groundwork for the future.
“It seems like a synergistic combination of things,” he said. “And that’s a good thing. Any exposure of people — or animals — with disabilities is extremely good for kids who don’t feel normal and think they have to figure it out on their own.”

credit: SeoulDaily

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