Sir Elephant

This young elephant, wielding his “mighty” branch like a medieval knight would his sword, gave us some great entertainment when Joubert and I visited the Kruger National Park last week. He intimidated us with his fierce strokes, and we yielded, but then an elderly couple in another vehicle did not pay him the necessary respect and he went into an even more brutal display for their benefit. Lucky for them he stepped on his own sword, and snapped it, so he stepped back into the long grass at the side of the road…

… where he picked up another branch just as the next vehicle – a campervan – drew closer.

Sir Elephant picking a new sword (photo by Joubert)

Most of these photographs were taken by Joubert


26 thoughts on “Sir Elephant

  1. Pingback: On our way to the wilderness – day 2 | de Wets Wild

  2. H.J. for avian101

    Excellent shots of Sir Elephant by Joubert! Some people can’t read what the animal intentions are and do not anticipate their moves. Animals have their own rules and we must not break them. Thank you, D. and Joubert. πŸ™‚

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  3. Tranature - quiet moments in nature

    The wonderful images by Joubert tell such a story and I do feel for the elephant though and hope he didn’t have to spend all day dealing with the paparazzi!

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  4. Anne

    There are times when one can simply enjoy the antics of an elephant yet, one cannot help formulating an escape route / plan in one’s mind. Joubert has taken excellent photographs.

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  5. anne leueen

    When I was in Kenya, years ago, we spent one afternoon in our tourist van, watching a group of elephants. One mother was teaching her baby to use its trunk to lift up grass to its mouth to eat. She came right over to our van and looked into the open top. Our daughter was very nervous but our guide told her she was quite safe as long as we stayed in the van and the mother elephant was teaching her baby that the van was safe but he said if we got out and she saw were were on two legs she could become dangerous. I have never forgotten this afternoon. It was wonderful . I loved seeing your stick wielding fellow!

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