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Being from South Africa, the last thing that I expected at sunrise, walking along Beach Number 7 on Havelock Island in the Indian Andaman Islands, was to meet an Indian Elephant, taking a bath in the ocean.

This is Rajan – a bit of a celebrity around these parts. Apparently, he was brought onto the island for a film and at the end of it, the producers ran out of money and were not able to afford to get him back to where he came from. The owners of the Barefoot Resort, where we were staying, decided to buy him and retire him.

He is pretty old, but seems really happy. He lives a gentle life with his handler, coming down to the beach for every morning for his bath.

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  • Vickie Burt
    Vickie Burtover 3 years ago

    Very unusual photo Clive… Love the play of light on the pink skin tones.

  • Thanks Vickie. At first I thought he was sunburnt, but the pink is just the way he is!

    – Clive S

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Wonderful :)

  • Thanks Julie an thanks for the fave.

    – Clive S

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    wonderful shot clive, beautifully processed … glad to read rajan is retired and happy … can’t help thinking he’d be a bit lonely but the bond with handlers is pretty strong I believe

  • Yes the bond is really strong and I think that Rajan lives a pretty happy and stressless life. He is a really lovely, gentle animal. Thanks for popping in.

    – Clive S

  • NautilusBlue
    NautilusBlueover 3 years ago

    He looks like a gentle giant. A lovely capture ;)

  • Yes he does, doesn’t he. Thanks so much.

    – Clive S

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Clive – lovely story!

  • Thanks Bob. I have seen pics of him under water, totally submerged! He loves the ocean.

    – Clive S

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 3 years ago

  • That’s wonderful!! Thanks so very much.

    – Clive S

  • Marie Brown ©
    Marie Brown ©over 3 years ago


  • Gee I am thrilled. Thanks very much Marie.

    – Clive S

  • Jim Wilson
    Jim Wilsonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Clive !!!!!!!

  • Thanks so much Jim.

    – Clive S

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    awesome shot & a great story too !! – Love it !!

  • It is a great story, isn’t it? Thanks very much Gail.

    – Clive S

  • pattimae2706
    pattimae2706over 3 years ago

    What a fabulous sight to capture and share! It’s a rough life, but….somebody has to live it. :) Thank you for the background.!

  • Hi Patricia. It is rough lol. Thanks for stopping by.

    – Clive S

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