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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by jenismithies » Mon May 03, 2010 9:22 pm

Thanks, guys. I haven't got many megs at the moment - have emailed the pics to BarkingMad, who was in front of me that day. Perhaps they will put them onto the same url as theirs. I've also emailed Megan to see if we can find out who he is, but she's on maternity leave for half of the month. Wait and see...
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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by CuriousCanadian » Mon May 03, 2010 9:26 pm

Barking.... ..watch for my private message ;) Your latest link works :D
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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by Micetta » Mon May 03, 2010 9:29 pm

He sure was close :shock:

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Unread post by BarkingMad » Mon May 03, 2010 9:34 pm

I have added them to the album - thanks so much Jeni! To view the photos in the album you need to just click on the thumbnail.

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Unread post by BarkingMad » Mon May 03, 2010 9:45 pm

Image
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I think I got it - lol.

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Unread post by CuriousCanadian » Mon May 03, 2010 9:47 pm

:thumbs_up:

:big_eyes: That was close!!
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Unread post by Micetta » Mon May 03, 2010 9:47 pm

Not only did he look close he WAS close!!!

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Unread post by Dotty » Mon May 03, 2010 9:48 pm

:big_eyes: ooooer !!!!
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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by Haupie » Mon May 03, 2010 9:55 pm

sjoe!!! a close call indeed, jennie :big_eyes:

seen him there, but never aggressive. i can recall 2 different occasions. both times on his own. i am alays weary of these 'gentle' :? giants
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Unread post by BarkingMad » Mon May 03, 2010 10:05 pm

Yeah - too close for my liking especially as we had our just turned 3 year granddaughter in the Land Rover with us. As we reversed he just kept coming towards us, -as Jenni said -... for quite some distance. The next morning when we went back into the park I heard our little granddaughter mutter "Stoopid elephant!, chasing our car".
Thanks to those who helped me get the pictures inserted and to Jenni for the photo's that she took of us and the ellie :)

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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by jenismithies » Mon May 03, 2010 10:10 pm

I seem to be fated to be the bakkie behind the one in trouble with elephants. Last year in KNP a bakkie towing a caravan was in front of us and the same thing happened. That poor guy deserved a medal for reversing one helluva distance with an ellie that just would not let up. Going to Addo later this week - hope there's something exciting again. I go about 4 times a month (live at Colchester), and still have NOT seen 1 lion!!!
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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by BarkingMad » Mon May 03, 2010 10:35 pm

Hope to see you there again some time! We are going again the 14th and 15th and the following weekend 21st and 22nd. Sorry you haven't seen any lions yet - we have been lucky and seen them a few times, although only really close one time, which was a couple of weeks ago. Hope you get to see them soon.

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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue May 04, 2010 4:42 pm

Thanks for posting those pics guys :clap: Wow .... never again will I been totally 'cool' amongst the Addo ellies, as this shows you can just never know!

Is he not is musth - he has a discharge from the gland between his ear and eye.

Musth (alternatively spelled must and pronounced /ˈmʌst/) is a periodic condition in bull elephants, characterized by highly aggressive behavior, accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones - testosterone levels in an elephant in musth can be as much as 60 times greater than in the same elephant at other times. However, whether this hormonal surge is the sole cause of musth, or merely a contributing factor, is unknown; scientific investigation of musth is problematic because during musth even elephants that are otherwise placid may try to kill humans.

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Unread post by Melrockson » Thu May 06, 2010 12:59 pm

I just randomly stumbled across the article on the SANParks website (http://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/news ... r_dies.php) - WOW! Not really sure what else to say :shock:

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Re: ANGRY ELEPHANT BULL - ADDO

Unread post by Janeli » Sun May 09, 2010 10:00 pm

Hi, I posted a TR on Addo two days ago. It was our first camp in Addo and we had a wonderful time. I was surprised about the "angry" ellie!! Thought all Addo ellies were calm. We saw a ellie with a collar very briefly. I took a photo, but unfortunately you cannot see his tusks. I posted the photo in my TR.
This elephant is definitely TOO near your car. He looks like one with an attitude!! :shock:

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