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Elephant Drone

Too many elephants are geting poached
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I'd like to see blimps (or maybe airships) used to monitor elephants.
vtolled, Sep 22 2014

22 elephants poached http://phys.org/new...zambique-weeks.html
22 elephants poached in two weeks [vtolled, Sep 22 2014]


       So not a fitting for your bagpipe, to make it sound like an elephant?
baconbrain, Sep 22 2014

       Almost worth reanimating the "method of concealing chickens in elephants" idea from my former incarnation.
not_morrison_rm, Sep 22 2014

       [baconbrain], “elephant” refers to the size, not to the tonal quality. Imagine a bagpipe with a 32 foot drone, the far end supported on a wheeled trolley, or carried by a team of kilted ghillies.
pocmloc, Sep 22 2014

       I was hoping for an unmanned fighting vehicle disguised as an elephant.
pertinax, Sep 23 2014

       Dumbo with Hellfire missiles ?   

       Bagpipes traditionally have three drones, a mouthpiece and a chanter. Elephants traditionally have four legs and a trunk.   

       It would therefore be possible to make a set of bagpipes that look like a tiny elephant. Or indeed a disguise for an elephant that makes it look like a huge set of bagpipes.
8th of 7, Sep 23 2014

       How about bagpipes that look like they have been stepped on by an elephant? Then set fire to? Then sold to an American tourist?
baconbrain, Sep 23 2014

       //unmanned fighting vehicle disguised as an elephant.   

       That did exist on here, but I deleted that persona, and it took all the posts with it...I'll have a rummage...
not_morrison_rm, Sep 23 2014

       /monitor elephants/   

       Seems like they are keeping tabs on them pretty well already, if they are aware of all these getting poached.   

       What elephants need are hogs with colossal tusks indistinguishable from ivory. This hog farm ivory would flood the market and elephants would be left alone.
bungston, Sep 23 2014

       Thankfully, I think we're overcrediting drones with more attack range than any plane can deliver with precision. Although planes or satellites would probably detect poachers from a great distance, the elephants themselves would have to be armed if we're going to use preemptive strikes.
4and20, Sep 23 2014

       There's nothing in the U.S. constitution about arming elephants, only bears.   

       Maybe the elephants could wear bear costumes ?
8th of 7, Sep 23 2014

       /attack range/   

       I misunderstood this whole idea. These are attack drones? Or better: blimps?   

       I loved those attack blimps in the Red Alert games. Those elephants won't stand a chance!
bungston, Sep 23 2014

       [bungs], why not farm the elephants for their ivory?
pocmloc, Sep 23 2014

       Didn't somebody post an anti-poaching blimp idea a couple weeks ago? I haven't been back very long, but this one seems very familiar.
Alterother, Sep 23 2014

       Well, my anno of that first one applies to this redundancy as well.
Alterother, Sep 23 2014

       These elephant drone ideas are taking completely the wrong approach.   

       Instead, simply hollow out the elephants and fill them with helium (obviously, tie off the trunk first). They can then be floated safely out of range of poachers.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 23 2014

       Is the helium more valuable than the ivory ? You might just make things worse ...
8th of 7, Sep 23 2014

       I think that even the most elementary poacher would soon learn that shooting down an elephant to harvest the helium is not a moneymaking proposition.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 23 2014

       What about netting them ?
8th of 7, Sep 23 2014

       Not wise. They're usually carrying elephant guns.
MaxwellBuchanan, Sep 23 2014

       I think that's a misunderstanding, you are thinking of elephant gums, which is where the ivory comes from.
pocmloc, Sep 24 2014

       Elephant gums are sugar-free confectionary that don't rot teeth, resulting in better ivory. You're thinking of elephant gusts, which is where the smell comes from. Elephants are just huge self-propelled cellulose fermenters.
8th of 7, Sep 24 2014

       No, I think it's elephant girns. I've seen an elephant snarl up traffic.
4and20, Sep 24 2014


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