Elephant Standing


This image of a bull elephant (Loxodonta africana) reaching into an Acacia tree (Faidherbia albida) is perhaps considered amazing, if not unusual, but in reality elephants, particularly the bulls, will always rise up on two legs to copulate, and some will occasionally do so to feed. In fact, observation of elephants will show these wonderful creatures adopting some rather remarkable postures such as sitting on their haunches and rolling, often in shallow pans. A few may doubt this, especially those in the face of a charging bull elephant, but these beasts do not run. They always walk. Four-legged vertebrates, when running will often have all feet off the ground between paces. At most, an elephant can only manage two alternate legs off the ground, but usually one. Surprisingly though an elephant can reach speeds of 30 kph, faster than a running man. This image is of the elephant we call Boswell, in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
(Canon 50D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 50mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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