Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. They are special!
“We have a constant thirst for joy that can only be quenched with play. Water is the ultimate toy”- Heinrich van den Berg
Elephants have to be one of my most favourite animals to watch. Their great size, the numbers they move in, their seeming intelligence and their interactions with one another means that there is never a dull moment with them. And for me there is nothing better than watching these animals around water. Following on from James’ thoughts in yesterday’s blog, it is always fascinating to see how much fun these animals seem to have when they reach water. Not only do they gulp down huge quantities of it (sometimes as much as 140 litres in a day) as well as bathe in it to cool themselves down; it seems to me that it also gives them new-found energy, which can result in hours of play.
We have been documenting our attempts to capture camera trap photographs of the elusive otter, and in so doing, have managed to inadvertently capture all sorts of other creatures as they go about their business. This time we were granted a glimpse into the lives of an elephant herd that descended on the Sand River and had a seemingly fabulous time. Have a look at the series below to see what it is that elephants get up to when no one is watching.
Written by Amy Attenborough, Londolozi Ranger
Filed under Photography Wildlife