A young elephant (Loxondonta africana), probably just over a year old, walks typically alongside its mother, pressed close and poised for the occasionally suckle when she stops. The mother will stay very close to her calf, sometimes in constant contact, and this bonding can last many years. Suckling can continue for up to 4 years. A calf’s tusks will begin developing from between 6 months and a year, replacing the deciduous milk teeth, growing between 15-18cm in a year. Prolific growth of tusks often interferes with suckling.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/160 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 400mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Indian photographer, Lakshman Iyer, is the founder of Sentient, the Institute for Professional Photography in Chennai, India. He works as a photojournalist for several Indian newspapers mostly centred in New Delhi, and later for Associated Press. His work is well published. Iyer is attributed with the following:
“Love and creativity comes from one’s soul. Creativity makes you lovable. Lovable persons are creative. If you want to be creative, love someone. Be lovable and creative. Love and creativity goes together”