Sunday, September 22, 2013

A new angle on Elephants. From the bunker with Pangolin Photo Safaris


Me, hard at work...
Some will disagree with that statement...


We has been sitting is silence for about an hour staring at an empty waterhole,
when out of "nowhere" the first herd arrived. 

When you are at the feet of these giants you realize how HUGE they are. 

Looming above us...
Knowing that we are watching...
but not caring at all as the necessity to drink in the heat
is more important than their interest in us. 

There was an altercation between this female and a young bull,
with the latter ending up being pushed over into the thick mud.
There was a lot of squealing and trumpeting... 

The cow, having achieved her "goal" moved off,
leaving the stuck Ellie to try and free himself. 

There was a lot of heaving...
huffing and puffing...
and, in the bunker held our collective breath... 

After a few minutes of hard work,
the stuck leg eventually popped out of the mud. 

Covered in molasses like goo

Like a creature from a horror comic,
with mud clinging tenaciously to him
he took off in search of a smaller Ellie to vent his embarrassment on...

But he did return to finish his drinking...

The play around the waterhole was more about jostling for position than actual "play"...
I refer to the Chobe Elephants as the "Accountants" of the Elephants...
They do not seem to have much of a sense of humour or fun.
Get in, do the business...and leave.
Seems to be their motto 

Nike should be sponsoring the footwear... 

Tusks are one way to identify the various members of a herd
Not only are they different lengths and thicknesses,
But they protrude at different angles.


See what I mean... 

Stick in the mud?
Not this one... 

A youngster enjoying a drink in the cooling afternoon air. 

Looking into my soul... 

Reach out and touch?
The bunker is less than 5m from the waterhole,
and IF they wanted to,
one of these could find its way in through the camera portholes. 

Splashing around was to stir up the water,
not out of a sense of fun. 

My "tail" is told, my time at the bunker is done...
With thanks to Grant Atkinson for showing me a new angle on Elephant...

 
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