New born elephant calves are precocial, and able to walk and see within hours of birth, but they have little control with their trunks, to draw water, for example, for a several months. Calves thus feed and drink directly by mouth. They may be suckled for up to four years, but are generally weaned as early as 1-2 years. Elephant cows, like human females, have pectoral mammary glands and some cows are known to have continued lactation throughout their childbearing days. While the mother is highly protective of her young, often keeping their calves away from other members of the herd, it is not unknown for related cows to suckle one another’s calves.
(Canon EOS 5D Mark III / EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/1250 sec; f/5.6; ISO 320; 310mm)
Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
Luc Delahaye is a French born photojournalist who was active in the 1980/90’s in the conflicts evolving in countries such as Lebanon, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He suffered a penchant for getting extremely close to the action to record perilous events with, what some refer to as, some intellectual detachment compiling works of art from nasty conflict, thus merging art photography with photojournalism. He is credited with the following quotation:
“Show it for what, to change what, there is no change, you can photograph what you want, it won’t change anything? The maximum it can do, you know, is to make people realize how it was, but it is not going to change the condition of the people you photograph.”
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