Wild baby elephant

By: Fragile Prints

May 15 2012

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Category: India, Tamil Nadu


Focal Length:55mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D3100


Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.
-John Donne


I posted a link of “Elephants in captivity”, and many readers expressed pain and shock in witnessing the control exerted by human for selfish ends. This time, I didn’t want to wallow in melancholy but show you the beauty of wild elephants.

The Asiatic elephants, smaller compared to its African counterparts are matriarch in nature. Here, a calf being protected by three female adults at Anamalai tiger reserve in Southern India. The species have dwindled(reduction over 50%) over the last three elephant generations(60 years). This has led to its classification under “Endangered” category.

Humans have largely ignored the “elephant corridors” breaking their migration pattern and thereby increasing man-animal conflict. These mega-herbivores communicate using infra-sound as well.

Location: Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu, India

P.S Notice the stark difference in the ankles in these wild elephants compared to the elephants in captivity

5 comments on “Wild baby elephant”

  1. those elephants are cute.

  2. Beautiful b & w shot. The elephants are as they should be, free. How adorable to have that baby peeking out :).
    Excellent capture!

  3. ooh just thought – do you have any pictures of grim plastic pollution – check out http://www.facebook.com/planettrash

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