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Mercy and her pet elephant! She keeps it in a shoe box under her bed at night!

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ANITA SKINNER on December 23, 2008

Mercy is a lovely name, she's a joy, a ray of sunshine, Ian. This is a super photo. Regards, Anita

Ian Stehbens on December 25, 2008

I know how much you love being a Grandmother, Anita, so I know you understand well! Thanks for your affirmations. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2009 be fruitful and fulfilling for you.

Warm regards from a summery Sydney.


trikermike on December 26, 2008

Ian I have an uncertainty about this pacaderm, magnificent as she is, life-like and loving, no doubt-but the African elephant, even in captivity, is not usually renowned for being so accepting of humans, unless......has Mercy been friends with her for long? perhaps they are of similar age, or they are very close in some other way/

Zoological gardens do let us marvel at creatures from all over the globe, but it is not really fair to them, to rob them of their independence, their homeland, or their freedom of choice. My feelings are not strong on the subject-and I admit that my knowledge is even less-but I wonder all the same.......

I hope you and your family and friends are having a lovely Christmas, and i wish you all Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the forthcoming New Year.

Let me put in a request for World Peace too!


Ian Stehbens on December 26, 2008

Dear Mike,

It was simply "love at first sight", mutually. And it was Mercy's love for him that brought him to life.

And thank you sincerely for your best wishes, and I promise I will continue to work for the creation and building of peace across this sphere of our world.

I look forward to more conversations in 2009.

Warmest regards from summery Sydney,


Olga I. Yakovenko on December 29, 2008

Really, a small home pet!

Ian Stehbens on December 29, 2008

Imagination can be quite expansive. Imagine.

kevin mcvay on May 25, 2010

yellow star! Simply Beautiful you Left me Speechless. passionate A yellow star Congratulations Best wishes, shalom57

Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2010

I am pleased that this image has had such an impact on you, Shalom57. It certainly is a family treasure. Mercy is such a beautiful girl she could tame the biggest beast!



Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on May 26, 2010

Wow, it is very interesting shot!

Greetings from Italy, Mimi

►Berat Qevî Endam on May 26, 2010

soo a kind elephant!!!!

best regards from iran

barat ghaviandam

Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2010

Hi Mimi.

Glad you like this photo. The elephant and Mercy were both very photogrenic!


Ian Stehbens on May 26, 2010

Greetings Barat,

Kind but hungry. He eats way to much food - just look at the size of him and he is still young!

warm greetings from Australia,


Ian Stehbens on March 21, 2012

She is a charmer, anytime. This was a special moment.

Thanks Sara Maria.


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