Sitting Elephant

by Mike Rex

Driving towards Tshokwane we decided to have a look at Leeupan. This young elephant was ambling across the well worn open turning circle so I chose a spot where we could see him walk past and switched off the car.

He altered direction and moved towards a puddle which really didn't have much water or mud to speak of. After making the most of the available mud he started maneuvering in a strange way and I realized that he was going to try and roll in the mud.
When he sat down he must have realized that the puddle wasn't deep enough because he stood up again, turned and wandered off... I like this picture because of the unusual view I got of him at that angle!

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Sep 30, 2011
Animal behaviour
by: Jenny

Mike, thank you for sharing your picture and story with us. We are sometimes so wrapped up in watching their behaviour that we forget to take the picture, so well done on getting this shot of the elephant in action. Mario and I love watching animal behaviour and always find it rewarding when we get a great shot of a them doing something funny or unusual.

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