Elephant Bliss: Bathies Time!

When an elephant (Loxodonta africana – Shona: mhuvi or nzou) is having a thoroughly good time, we are all having a great time too. This animal just could not get into deeper water quick enough, joyfully rolling over onto its side and literally submerging herself with just trunk above water, like a periscope, taking in the surrounding smells. Elephants can go without water for several days and this particular animal seems to have done just that. Their preference is to drink and bath daily, but this was more than the usual daily waddle. Large bull elephants drink about 100 litres each visit, some take in nearly twice that, and bathing generally follows drinking, although in this case they were simultaneous.
(Canon 7D; f/5; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 235mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

2 thoughts on “Elephant Bliss: Bathies Time!

  1. Glad I was able to spend time on here – after reading what might become of Mana Pools, from sadness – to joy, of the joys of observing these in their natural environment (whilst we can!!). Great photo’s as usual Andrew. Keep them coming. Cheers-Peter

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