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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:17 am 
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Hi all, does anyone know what could cause this "droopy ear" defect of this ellie seen at Nsemani dam near Satara. I know there was a bull elephant seen at Satara webcam with the same defect, don't know what happened to him though.....

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:37 pm 
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Ello, unfortunately I don't have an answer to the floppy ear, but if anyone does please mention, it is a rather weird occurrence.

Here are a few picks from the last visit to Kruger. We spent one afternoon parked next to Klopperfontein dam where we were fortunate to watch a group of 5 elephant playing in the water for hours.

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With the next picture, any idea if the highlighted area contains a wound from a fight or other conflict?
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About the floppy ear: I stand to be corrected but apparently it is caused by a full body fungal or viral infection that an animal can get when they are younger and often results in floppy ears, this can be found in dogs and cats as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Elephant
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Lovely pics Ranred. I love watching elephants in the water and these pics really capture the moment.

It seems that Floppy Ear is caused when elephants get their heads wedged in a tight place and the withdrawal causes the cartilage of the ear to break, but not the skin. (Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants By Murray E. Fowler and Susan K. Mikota). I don't know about the virus or fungal disorder and cant find anything about it in elephants - that's not to say that it may not be so.


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Unread postPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 9:41 am 
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This elephant was drinking water at Mlondozidam close to Lower-Sabie. The dam was empty and the elephant had to walk on the rocks to get to the water.

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The biggest elephant was recorded in Angola in 1974. The shoulder height was 3.96 meter heigh and the circumference of his front leg was 1.8 meter.

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An elephant struggling to get to the water through the mud at Mlondozidam.

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The longest elephant tusk comes from Kenia and was 3 276.6 mm.

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 Post subject: Re: What's This Old Ellie Doing?
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Elephants have been known to walk around with objects in their trunks and mouths. They are sometimes found walking around with road signs in their trunks which they pull from the ground. There are records of them carrying around bones of dead relatives as well as other animals. And there was also a report from Mopani where a bull threw a rock at a game drive vehicle!

I believe that this old cow is probably just licking the minerals from the rock, as they would do with bones as well.

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I believe it is a fairly rare occurence for an Elephant to have twins. In this photo the female is running away from what I believe was a swarm of bees followed very closely by her twins, (the swarm had just flown past my vehicle). Taken on the S125 (Nwaswiso ntso Road) during my November 2011 trip.

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 Post subject: Ellies having fun
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 Post subject: Re: Ellies having fun
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Hi ekoppen,
Great photo. The Wildebeest checking out the action is an added plus. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Elephants showing last respect.
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Found this Photo in the archives nearly forgot that we had it.

It's sad but thought to share the behaviour of elephants paying respect to their falled comrad.

This ellie died of natural causes (confirmed by SANparks on site) while my husband and the ranger was inspecting the body this herd moved in and actually "chased" them away from the dead one, and mulled around the body for quiete some time before moving away. We have found on all the occations they would returnto the fallen even years later and move the bones around.

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Not something many of us have witnessed. Thank you for sharing so sad and yet so interesting.

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