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Ngala Game Reserve S Africa-  on a morning walk along a dry river bed we came across a small family group of Elephants crossing. We sat down & watched from a safe distance, then.....see image in next post 

SL2-S & Leica VE 90-280mm @ 216mm (please click on image for better res.)

 

 

 

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A young teenager who was lagging behind came charging down the river bank at us.

Normally at this age it's only a mock charge, as he tries to test boundaries (like all teenagers). I shouted at him & he stopped 😅 & then went on to join the rest of his group. 

SL2-S & Leica VE 90-280mm @ 119mm (please click on image for better res.)

 

 

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4 hours ago, michali said:

Ngala Game Reserve S Africa-  on a morning walk along a dry river bed we came across a small family group of Elephants crossing.

Very pleasing pictures, Mike, since the news channels seem to be filled with the plight of elephants through poaching and floppy trunk syndrome so it's really gratifying to see a picture of a nuclear family of healthy elephants in the wild. 

Nice anecdote about the bolshy teenager too.  Do you think he might have been assuming the role of dominant male in the absence of the bull elephant?

Pete.

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3 hours ago, farnz said:

Very pleasing pictures, Mike, since the news channels seem to be filled with the plight of elephants through poaching and floppy trunk syndrome so it's really gratifying to see a picture of a nuclear family of healthy elephants in the wild. 

Nice anecdote about the bolshy teenager too.  Do you think he might have been assuming the role of dominant male in the absence of the bull elephant?

Pete.

Thanks Pete. It is really gratifying to see stable Elephant populations in the wild.  

West & Central African Forest Elephants have been hammered hard by poaching, as well as some East African Elephant populations. There's been a massive decline in elephant numbers over the past 20 years, all poaching related. 

The situation in East Africa seems to have stabilised, touch wood. Southern African elephant populations are relatively stable & on the whole have been spared the slaughter witnessed elsewhere in Africa.

He was definitely pushing his luck in the absence of a big bull, these teenagers wind their necks in very quickly when the big bulls are around. Again, not too dissimilar to human teenagers....😂

This image was taken just after I shouted at him & he had stopped. SL2-S & Leica VE 90-280mm @ 120mm (please click on image for better res.)

 

 

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His ears are still extended so I assume he still has some aggression inside although he's stopped his charge so he's uncertain.  

I can imagine a thought-bubble above his head with: "Oh.  ... Well, this is embarrassing ...". 

(Nothing wrong with a bit of anthropomorphism now and then I always think. ^_^)

Pete.

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