This is about a friendly and safe environment, a great couple of adults, and survival despite the atrocious threat of poaching.
The place? No, that’d be telling and inviting heartless men with big guns and greedy purses. But we had heard about ‘some’ elephants in the vicinity, so we decided to have a look.
At first we only found some rather old bits of dung, where some mushrooms grew happily. At least (we thought) it was a good sign.
Then, suddenly, the old cow showed herself. The juicy new twigs were just too good to ignore.
Coming uncomfortably close, she shielded a younger cow from us and stared at us for what seemed to be a very long time before apparently making up her mind..
She made her way to the rest of the herd once she’d decided we didn’t pose a threat to their safety. The old bull, however, disagreed
She obeyed his orders. Gathering the little ones she disappeared into the bush. Silently. Majestically.
At home in her natural environment, despite the hardships brought on by drought and hunters, this mother took a chance to show off her family. She defied the odds to do this, but also remained loyal to the old bull’s wishes. What a match!