Charging Elephant in Black and White
We came around a curve in the Kalahari bush in Botswana and suddenly encountered this male elephant. Male elephants are kicked out of the herd when they're roughly teenagers. Somehow elephants know the males have to leave to ensure the herd's genes stay healthy and without the combining of genes of close relatives. So the female elephants evict him and he's on his own to roam around and cause trouble. They often are in musk, which means they're looking for a female and are even more undependable and their behavior can be dangerous, especially if they team up with some other males. Usually it's a mock charge and luckily it was this time.
Elephants are of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Male African elephants are our largest terrestrial animals, up to 13 feet tall and 15,000 pounds.
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