Out of Africa: Baby Elephant Walk

by Michael Anderson August. 25, 2016 1288 views

    On our way to the salt lick we passed this herd of elephant. It was mostly obscured in the brush and there were a lot of cars and safari trucks clogging things up so we didn't pay much attention. We did notice some young elephants. On to the salt lick.

    As we headed back down the road to the watering hole we saw the herd slowly making its way parallel to the road but about 50m into the trees. Again, we noticed some young ones and hoped that they would make their way to the watering hole.

    After our visit at the watering we headed back on our way out of the park. We didn't make it far before we saw the herd turn and head our way to the watering hole. We were the only car on the scene so we pulled over and waited as nearly 30 elephant walked by!

    Then the youngest showed up at the end. I would guess that there were 5 different developmental stages there: newborn, infant, adolescent, young adult, and adult. It was fascinating to see the adolescents corralling the youngest ones and keeping them close to the adults. Elephant are incredibly nurturing and have strong family units. This was such an unexpected treat for us.

    As the youngest showed up we could see one of them nursing - not an easy feet with a meter long nose! Then the smallest elephant showed up and teetered along with its mother. Sometimes laying down beneath mom and always looking like it didn't have a care in the world other than having fun. This was certainly a major highlight, if not the highlight of our trip. But who can pick from so many amazing sights?

Mother and Child Reunion

Pose A

Pose B: when an elephant fans its ears out and tight against its head it is not happy. Unhappy elephants are very dangerous. fortunately this on calmed down.

Yes, that is an infant elephant nursing

Baby Elephant Has Swagger

Staying Close to Protection

This little guy got so tired that every once in a while it would just lay down right underneath mom!

Maternal Instinct

Here again, the baby conked out underneath mom who seems to take it all in stride, standing there with legs crossed.

End of the show, as the family heads into brush


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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 3 months ago

Wow - these are spectacular images - where are you exactly - are you on holiday or is it where you live? Mx

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Michael Anderson Replied to Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 3 months ago

It is where I wish I lived! I was on a business trip to South Africa and arranged two and a half days at a safari park called Pilanesberg outside of Pretoria. I absolutely love it there and honestly think I would love to live there and run the place. I live in Ohio, USA, a much less exciting place though not without its charms. :) The pictures were taken about three weeks ago in late July.

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Marilyn Grimble Replied to Michael Anderson 4 years, 3 months ago

I have visited Pretoria, but did the safar in Botswana. Des and I have been married 50 years today. We leave on Queen Mary ll on Thursday for N. Y. A week there, followed by 5 days in Philly. Mxx

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

WOW!!!! Amazing captures! What a treat! Thank YOU for sharing these incredible scenes! What a thrill that must have been! Thanks for the detailed description, as well!

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Michael Anderson Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

My pleasure, Jay! I am so glad you enjoyed the series.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Michael Anderson 4 years, 3 months ago

Your work=My pleasure!

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