Every once in a while I come across a scrap of something I never posted and today I found a few sentences about baby elephants. Enough to make me go back to our Kenya safari trips a couple years ago and gather a few baby elephant photos:
Let me just say that there is perhaps no cuter creature on earth than a month-old elephant, with its awkwardly waving trunk, and running double time to keep up with mom. Plus the shape of the mouth which one can’t help but think of as a smile. They are precious little things about to become the largest land animals on earth. We have watched members of the herd circle around the little guys from time to time, a sort of circle the elephant wagons of protection but mostly they are curious little fellows and peek out from under the bellies of their mothers or just run about within the herd.
Wherever we went, the young were well protected by the rest of the herd. That was a fact we learned very well when we inadvertently spooked a baby elephant, and thus angered the herd. Whew.
Here’s the little instigator who got the herd uptight and nearly got us charged by elephants. This is him running away from our approaching vehicle and me just thinking, oh look, a running elephant photo opp. Um. Surprisingly I didn’t get any shots at all of the next few minutes.
Our safari guide told us the weight of the drop breaks the umbilical cord. The mechanical workings of nature.
Here’s a photo of a little guy who is learns to cut the grass with his foot. The adults already masterfully grasp clumps of weeds, pull, and then make a slicing motion with the edge of a foot to clip it off.
See more posts and photos from my trip to Kenya!
plus some extended Kenya photo galleries on The Mad Traveler home site.