The born entertainer

Pamushana | July 2016

After drinking his fill at dawn this young bull created a circus show just for us. He stood on the shore with his perfectly chocolate-dipped feet, sucked up water, and then using the two finger-like projections at the end of his trunk he squirted water in simultaneous arcs. At the zenith of his tricks he would shift his weight off his front left foot to show us that he could do all this on three legs. He sauntered off signing the air with an “S” for Singita, then blew a mist of water just in front of his face and walked through it to spritz himself – as any star performer would do.

There are some photos to illustrate this outlandish story and more mammoth moments for the month.

These three bulls drank their fill, and then engaged in some rough and tough bullying. It’s all done in good spirits though – but it does get out of hand on occasions when one bull becomes too rough. It’s then that you as a guide need to keep an eye out that they don’t try to ‘bully’ your vehicle instead!

Elephants’ eyes are very small compared to their body size. They are only about only about 3.8 cm (1.5″) in diameter. The location of their eyes on the side of their heads allows for peripheral vision but not depth perception, and the trunk creates a large blind spot in their vision.

They have three eyelids: an upper, lower and one that moves vertically for more protection.

Their enviably long eyelashes keep foreign matter out of their eyes.

We identify so closely with elephants in many ways, and I find it interesting that elephants have the same visual pigments as we do, with red/green colour-blindness.

Their range of vision is only about 10 metres (30 feet) – you might say that elephants are near-sighted! Because of their poor vision, elephants use their sensitive trunks to navigate.