With dreams of Africa again next year,
my Details post comes from where else…Africa. 🙂
Our first 2013 elephant sighting in
….did not provide any more detail
than we would note at a zoo.
Even this tusk while showing more detail
is still a cropped effort from a fair distance,
therefore not really good.
Tembo, a 6 ton male, helped us out.
Note the eye and lashes.
Not to mentioned the size of
the nail clippers required
to keep his feet manicured. 🙂
By now you have realised he is
on the ground for inspection.
MGW found a warm spot under her hand.
She blushed a bit when told it was
the heat from his testicles.
Although no-one in our group wore one
many local females (from memory)
were wearing a wrist bracelet
made from elephant tail hair.
Not a cabbage leaf, rather the rear side Tembo’s ear.
Apparently the flapping of ears
helps with air conditioning the body.
Note the wear and tear of life on the tusk.
While in the area of tusks, this is a sight
I have never before seen, or am likely to see again.
A work colleague of 2013 did not recognise
this view of Tembo’s trunk.
Want to know how tall an elephant is?
Step 1. Ask it to lie-down on the ground.
Step 2. Measure circumference of its front foot.
Multiply circumference by 2.0 and you have
the height of its shoulder from the ground.
Therefore, a 1.5 metre foot circumference is
equal to 3.0 metres tall at the shoulder.
Elephants have four toes on their front feet,
and only three toes on their rear feet which
are also a very different shape.
Lots of living showing on the tusks.
…there were other things to think of
rather than look at all those details
while we were under Tembo’s trunk.