Now we like elephants – Dumbo, Babar, Horton and my favourite childhood stuffed toy – they were all warm, cuddly creatures. Real elephants are considerably more aggressive and a lot bigger.
We came head on with this big guy drinking rain water out of the the road ruts. You could hear him vacuuming up liquid and then the cascade pouring down his gullet.
He was not happy to see us and since he outweighs and towers over the truck he brushed us off – literally – and gave us a butt shot. At distances measured in inches, elephants are very intimidating – here’s video (you can hear him slurping)
However our single pachyderm meeting paled compared to the confrontation with a herd of 7 who had young. Of course Liz – always the account person – is attempting to get a precise definition of “mock charge” for the contact report! (turn the volume up to hear my discussion of what constitutes a mock charge – Liz)
Following are a few stills of Dad letting us know who is boss. They are magnificent creatures. Note how protective Dad is and that even the juvenile is not intimidated by us. They then disappeared into the bush – quietly – which is the most amazing feature of 4 ton creatures moving through the dry brush