Tiny Elephant

Elephants, Linyanti Concession, BotswanaThe elephant on the left was very small. It was calling to what was probably a sibling or cousin. I say that because although it may look like the mother, it was actually a young, rather small elephant in its own right. The baby had lost the tip of its trunk, most likely the victim of a predator, but perhaps it was a birth defect. Either way, the little guy seemed to have no problem getting along. We watched as it drank from a water hole and ate grass alongside the much larger members of the herd.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 280mm) ISO 400, f/4 at 1/2000th of a second

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  1. Sue April 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    It is still a darling creature, despite its abbreviated trunk, which kind of makes your Botswanna Baby all the more dear!

    • Sean Crane April 13, 2017 at 12:12 am #

      Agreed. He was such a cute little guy and didn’t seem to have a care in the world.

  2. michael huber April 13, 2017 at 1:30 am #

    oh he so cute, ) he probly lost his parents to other wild beastes in natures. my they need to try resuce him, and find place where he can be safe. / )

  3. Kim S. Schinkel April 13, 2017 at 6:16 am #

    Adorable little muffin! Makes me want to just have a hugging marathon!

  4. Susan Rubeo April 13, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    Good to know this little guy will survive,
    Could see the bond in this picture of the family you captured the emotion there another great photo

    Aunt Sue

  5. Peter Butterfield April 13, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    —– Once I met a tiny
    —– Phant rubber skin wire hair
    —– Heavier than a bread box .

  6. Rachel Bellenoit April 13, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Adorable, even more so because of his abbreviated trunk. I have a 1-eyed Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He scratched his eye just before being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome and we had to have the eye removed. He hasn’t a care in the world and can catch balls in mid-air. Sometimes I think these situations are harder on humans than on animals.

    • Sean Crane April 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm #

      Hi Rachel, I am also the proud owner of a one-eyed beast. Meet Lilly the Pirate at this link.

  7. Jennifer Barron April 13, 2017 at 9:41 am #

    So adorable. Sweet, uplifting photo!