Tag Archives: Elephant

Your Daily Elephant

Taking a rest.  Toenail reflecting the sun.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

Morula showing off her dental work.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

Keeping an eye on you whilst I’m gone on vacation.  Behave yourselves.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

 

Your Daily Elephant

Old camera, old photograph.  An evening drink.  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

In the early morning light.  Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

Thembi twiddling a stick, about to grab it with the tip of her trunk.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

Relaxed trunk, bristly hair.  See how the wrinkles fold into themselves – sorta like a slinky?

 

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

Tusks, trunk and eyelashes.  Look closely at her left tusk.  See the abrasion marks where she pulls grass and branches across it, often holding the end of them with her trunk as she chews on the other – a conveyor belt of mastication.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

A black pupil and topaz iris stares down at you. A rim of white circles both of his irises, a condition known in humans as Arcus senilis, commonly appearing in the elderly as a result of elevated cholesterol.  The condition is noted in older Asian elephants, but no similar survey exists for African elephants.  In humans the white ring is caused by low eye pressure.  Since this is a young elephant, perhaps that’s what causes the rings around his eyes.  Or maybe not; no one knows.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

Your Daily Elephant

An elephant path, Savuti area, Chobe National Park, Botswana.  Elephants have worn down this path on their way to drink from the Savuti Channel.

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

photograph by Cheryl Merrill

 

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