Mud Bath Time

A small part of a herd of elephants (Loxodonta africana) settle in for a mud bath at a waterhole in Mana Pools National Park. Elephants can go without water for a few days, but generally visit available water daily to consume fluids and then take a mud bath in the shallows. Some elephants submerge themselves entirely, poking out a trunk to replenish air supplies. This pan was set within a Mopani forest and had survived the dry season, but was slowly drying up.
(Canon 50D; f/7.1; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 80mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

3 thoughts on “Mud Bath Time

  1. Lovely to see these giants at peace, but its high time we give supplement feeds, to avoid losses of yesteryear, anthrax kills.
    Heard there is a new trait of trypanosomiasis?

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