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This baby elephant (Loxodonta Africana) was with a herd in the Chobe River in the Chobe National Park, Botswana. It was refusing to cross the first section of water to an island to join the others in the herd. Mum and others tried everything to coax him across, but without success. He finally got a couple of feet wet and had a drink. Then seemed to enjoy blowing bubbles in the water and ignoring mother.

Photographed on a Lumix DMC-FZ7

1908 views on 15 August 2014

Photo featured by “Indigenous to East & Southern Africa”, “Beach, River and Lake Treasures” and “The 100 to 499 Viewings” Groups.

Challange WINNER in “Lumix Lovers” Group.

“Top 10” in Challenges in “100 – 499 VIEWS” , Fauna, Flora, Landscapes and Architecture of South Africa", “Elegant Elephants” & “Afrikaans” Groups.


animals, baby, botswana, chobe, elephant, graeme hyde, river, southern africa


  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 5 years ago

    beautiful capture Graeme :o)

  • Thank you, Wendy

    – Graeme Hyde

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kabout 5 years ago

    brilliant :)) k

  • Thanks, Kristina

    – Graeme Hyde

  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosabout 5 years ago

    Excellent shot!!! How lucky you are to photograph this….

  • It is the luck of being in the right place at the right time – we did spend about 25 minutes watching his mother and the rest of the herd try to coax him into the water – unsuccessfully. Thanks for your comment.

    – Graeme Hyde

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Graeme!

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 5 years ago

  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations from the hosts of The 100 – 499 Viewings Group

  • Thank you for the honour, Maggie.

    – Graeme Hyde

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image. Greta job. Barb

  • Thank you, Barbara.

    – Graeme Hyde

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 4 years ago

    What a great capture! Love the bubbles and the reflection of the trunk in the water.

    Elephant babies and children can be so much fun to watch – especially when you look at how the elders are teaching them, sometimes clearly deciding to let them do their own thing… I once watched a small herd drinking at a pool, when three youngsters were frightened by a generator motor starting up and ran off screaming loudly. Mums and aunts looked up, seemed to raise their shoulders, and just went on drinking: “Oh, they’ll come back”. They did. :)

  • Thanks. I could sit and watch elephants in the wild all day. They are fascinating in their group behaviour.

    – Graeme Hyde

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 4 years ago

    For Top Ten Win in the Wild fuzz and fur balls Challenge in The 100 – 499 VIEWINGS GROUP
    – Mary

  • Thank you Mary and the voters.

    – Graeme Hyde

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 4 years ago

    I am not the host of the group, just a member. Since my congratulations would had not have any sense without you knowing the reason of congratualation, I thought it is wiser to include it :)

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