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Mom Baby elephant drinking - Mana Pools, Zimbabwe


Posted by MoniqueA on Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:54 am

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Its the end of the dry season.  Not much food or water around.  The bigger elephant herds have broken into smaller groups. This mom and baby are on their own and have come to one of the few remaining waterholes.
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by david fletcher on Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:36 am
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Probably more pertinent is mum is agitated and in threat display mode.
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by Cindy Marple on Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:52 pm
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She's being so protective of that calf, probably pretty vulnerable at the water hole assuming that it's concentrating the animals to the one location.
 

by Carol Clarke on Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:39 am
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david fletcher wrote:
Probably more pertinent is mum is agitated and in threat display mode.


She also doesn't look in very good condition, from what you say that could be due to lack of nutrition for herself, while having to feed her calf.

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by MoniqueA on Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:37 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
david fletcher wrote:
Probably more pertinent is mum is agitated and in threat display mode.


She also doesn't look in very good condition, from what you say that could be due to lack of nutrition for herself, while having to feed her calf.

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She is definitely in relatively poor condition as there is very little food left.  The breeding herds have broken up and she was on her own with her calf.  Tough time now to be a nursing mom with a small calf. Everyone now has to fend for themselves. She wasn't agitated but wary.  Her ears are moving as it was extremely hot and she was flapping them to cool herself down.  Hopefully it will rain soon and when that happens there is an almost instantaneous change in the vegetation.
 

by Peter Ireland on Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:48 pm
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Looks like mum is about to topple over.Nice shot!
 

by John Spreitzer on Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:15 am
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Great shot illustrating the tough conditions these animals are enduring.
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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:46 pm
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Oh, my. How poignant. I hope it rains soon.
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by Marc on Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:27 am
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Cuteness factor overload here Monique, well seen

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