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Pete Thorpe

Field Guide Alumni

Pete was a Field Guide for Londolozi for 4 years, contributing to the blog as a fantastic writer as well as photographer. Right from his very first bush trip at the age of four, Pete was always enthralled by this environment. Having grown ...

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on The Mystery of The Moving Elephant Skull: Part 2

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Fantastic to see thd elephant investigating the camera. Can’t wait for the final installment int mistery.

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

The plot thickens. About how much does that particular skull weigh?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Chelsea,

A rough estimate would put it at about 20 kg now.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

You definetely got lucky with those hyenas not destroying the camera!

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Was it more than one elephant who was responsible?

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

That was our question too. More to come in the final part to the series.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Looking forward to it!

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

A wild guess here. Thinking the Elephants move the skull. Perhaps some tribute or ritual going on. Let’s find out

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Pete, wonderful blog today, who is moving the skull?

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Can’t stand the suspense!!!!

Gloria Brislin
Explorer

Can’t wait for the next installment. Please don’t keep us in suspense for too long.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Cannot wait!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Ahh, the plot thickens! I am anticipating a climatic finale to this mystery. Please hurry! ( I think it’s elephants…).

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

We won’t make you wait too long!

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

And the mystery continues…!!

cant wait!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Can’t wait to find out …seems elephants would be the only animal strong enough. The “why” of whatever is moving it would be interesting to speculate on as well.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Kara,

The why is certainly one of the most interesting parts of this all. I touch on this in the 3rd and final instalment.

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Ahhh! The night of the “Who-dun-it” is coming closer to being revealed! Wadda ya bet it’s one of the pesky night creatures in action? .. (and btw, that capture of the elephant trunk is a hoot!) I’m looking forward to the next sequence!

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

It shall all be revealed soon!

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

You have a real talent for suspense… you could be a screenwriter. I don’t think any blog post has ever gotten this many replies 🙂

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Johanna,

Thanks for the compliment. Although I do quite enjoy letting nature write the scripts out here!

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

Bravo, we love solving puzzles like this too! Good thing you have those infrared camera traps!

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Bob and Lucie,

Yes indeed – we have never in person seen anything investigating the skull. So the cameras are our only hope really.

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

So upi are lee[omg is om sis[emce {ete/ I would hazard a guess that it is the ellies as they usually mourn their dead as a group. Am sure the skull would be heavy, however, the hyaenas would likely be strong enough with a group of them. Can hardly wait to find out. Thanks for sharing with us – a really interesting and excitement packed blog. Be well and stay safe all of you at Londolozi.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Leonie,

Yes, hyenas would definitely be strong enough to drag it a bit, but the frequency and distance that the skull has been moved is what made us suspect elephants in the first place too…

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

Thanks for responding Pete. Am dying to know what it is. Also, I wish to apologize for my gobbledy gook typing – thank goodness you understnd code. Actually, my vision is deteriorating and impossible to see my eye specialist right now due to the virus. Thanks again, be well and stay safe.

Di Metcalf
Explorer

Can’t wait for the final episode. The daily posts keep my heart in the bush. Thanks.

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Di,

I’m glad that we are keeping you connected to the bush – that is our ultimate aim.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Well, guys, at least we know the Butler didn’t do it – this time. Far too heavy for a Butler to move…….. Wendy M

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Or was it…?

Ana Komljenović
Senior Digital Ranger

This is great! It’s like following a detective series… Who, what, motive?!! Maybe a rhino? He’s also strong enough

Pete Thorpe
Field Guide Alumni

Hi Ana,

We didn’t think it would, but it certainly has turned into a detective type scenario…

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Can hardly wait!!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

The plot thickens…

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Looking forward to more on this one.

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

the intrest on the skull by elephants & hyeana is intriguing.Both specie seem to effortlessly spot the camera as well which l find particularly baffling.

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