Mother and Calf

Mother elephant (Loxodonta africana), with calf at her side, stroll through an open patch shortly before dusk. The mother seems to have lost the bottom part of her tail with its bush of hard black tail hairs. The young elephant is probably about one year old, and was still suckling. Calves can be nursed for up to two years (although longer periods before weaning have been observed). The bond between mother and offspring is very close and long enduring, according to some, lasting up to 50 years. Female elephants are particularly, and aggressively, defensive of their young at the time this image was taken and well acknowledged that cow herds, with calves, are more excitable and dangerous than bull elephants.
(Canon 7D; f/4.5; 1/400sec; ISO-100; 100mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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