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African Elephant - In Dad's Footsteps An African elephant calf tries his best to keep up with the herd bull.  It is rather rare for such a small calf to be seen with an adult bull ... normally calves never leave the sides of their mothers.   African Elephant,Geotagged,Namibia,action,baby animal,bull,calf,elephant,enormous,impressive,loxodonta africana,pachyderm,run Click/tap to enlarge

African Elephant - In Dad's Footsteps

An African elephant calf tries his best to keep up with the herd bull. It is rather rare for such a small calf to be seen with an adult bull ... normally calves never leave the sides of their mothers.

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  1. Oh that is so precious. Lets hope Mum was ok :( Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks for the comment Claire. Yes, mom was fine, just a little distance away from her baby. As you know, the Elephant mom is fiercely protective. This was just a shot of a moment whereby the calf got a bit distracted by the lure of a fresh watering hole. Do appreciate your support and comments. Thank you. Posted 4 years ago
      1. Good to know, thank you! Posted 4 years ago
  2. I just love the firm step the little one is taking :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Absolute determination. What I like best about Elephants and babies are that the adult members, although so colossal in size, always know exactly where the little ones are and never accidentally step on one. Posted 4 years ago
  3. Reminds me of a scene from Jungle Book! Posted 4 years ago
    1. For sure, the animal kingdom is so well portrayed through animation ... except for the dancing Hippo ballerina so often seen. If only they knew Hippos are born aggressive ... I have had (when I was still in Wildlife Services) two too close encounters with Hippos. Once our patrol boat was actually sunk (it took about 10 minutes to submerge) by an angry hippo mom, and that boat had 1 inch armor plating on the sides! Her tusks went through it like a hot knife through butter. We had a lot of explanation to do afterwards. Posted 4 years ago
      1. Good grief, that must have been really scary! I do believe that the hippo is the most dangerous creature on earth after mosquito. Posted 4 years ago
        1. I agree with you 110 %. Posted 4 years ago

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The African bush elephant is the larger of the two species of African elephant. Both it and the African forest elephant have usually been classified as a single species, known simply as the African elephant, but recent evidence has seen the forest elephant classified as a distinct species . Some authorities still consider the currently available evidence as insufficient for splitting African elephants into two species.

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Uploaded Jan 8, 2015. Captured Oct 21, 2013 12:10 in Unnamed Road, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
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  • ISO250
  • 150mm