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an obsession with ELEPHANTS

the heart-wrenching moment that a baby elephant stands by her dead mother’s side trying to wake her up. The desperate calf nudges her mother with her trunk in an attempt to elicit a response. Eventually she accepts that her mother has died, but refuses to leave her side, keeping watch over the body for hours in the long grass of Kenya’s Masai Mara. Photo credit: Sarah Lee

A jumbo-sized cloud of tiny birds called red-billed queleas surrounds an elephant at the Satao Camp water hole in East Tsavo, Kenya. Picture: ANTERO TOPP / CATERS NEWS

"We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals. from a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. she was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. she stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend."