Mimicking mom

Pamushana | January 2018

This was the most delightful scene. A breeding herd of elephants calmly feeding on one side of the road, then calmly surrounding the vehicle as they crossed to feed on the other side.

In amongst the mammoths was this tiny ‘mini-me’ tottering along, trying to coordinate its trunk to wrap around the little leaves of thorn bushes and carefully strip them off to eat like its mother so deftly did.

It tried to do some cheeky intimidating moves as it was a couple of metres from the vehicle, but its mother just gently guided it over the road and tucked it beneath her forelegs as she fed, dusting her baby’s head in confetti green leaves, and pausing to carefully scratch her eardrum with the two finger-like projections on the end of her trunk.