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Bull Elephant, Okavango Delta, Botswana

   From the Botswana files,  late in the afternoon we spent some quality time with this lone bull elephant near Chitabe camp in the Okavango Delta.    I understand that elephants can get to 6.5 tons in weight,  this magnificent fellow must have been close to that,  I think he was the largest bull we saw.   Notice the fluid issuing from the between his eye and his ear.    This is indicative of a male "in musth" in other words,  ready to mate.    The fluid has a powerful smell,  even obvious to the poorly developed human sense of smell!

Photographed from a respectful distance with the 500mm telephoto lens as a bull in season can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Bull elephant, Chitabe, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Bull elephant, Chitabe, Okavango Delta, Botswana.