Kissing Elephants

Two elephants (Loxidonta Africana) enjoy an early morning ‘snog’; and they are both boys, apparently. The third bull elephant seems to be wandering off in disgust or simple pure jealousy. It is not unusual for elephants to entwine their trunks, it is a form of handshake, but a whole lot more sensory. Twinning is often initiated by the younger bull inserting its trunk tip into the mouth of the other of different rank (or pecking order), evidently derived from calves placing their trucks in their mother’s mouths. The trunk is an amazing organ used to smell (olfactory), breath, draw water and manipulate. In this case the process is a bonding between the two bulls. Another 06:00am shot in Mana Pools.
(Canon 7D; f/5,6; 1/160sec; ISO-640; 100mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography