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Re: Elephant

Unread postby twigga » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:17 am

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Ranred » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:37 pm

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Ranred » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:36 pm

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby salamanda » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:03 pm

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun May 20, 2012 9:41 am

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun May 20, 2012 9:50 am

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

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Re: What's This Old Ellie Doing?

Unread postby wildtuinman » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:52 am

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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Re: Elephant

Unread postby adw » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:03 pm

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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Ellies having fun

Unread postby ekoppen » Fri Oct 05, 2012 6:03 pm

Don't get in the way

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Re: Ellies having fun

Unread postby RayK » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:45 pm

Hi ekoppen,
Great photo. The Wildebeest checking out the action is an added plus. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:03 am

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:03 am

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Re: Elephant

Unread postby Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:04 am

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Elephants showing last respect.

Unread postby NetEk » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:02 am

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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Re: Elephants showing last respect.

Unread postby lion queen » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:25 am

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