A Close Encounter With A Wild African Elephant

An elephant coming in to the dining room to see if there's anything to eat.

An elephant coming in to the dining room to see if there’s anything to eat.

A large elephant emerged from behind one of the chalets. We heard one of the owners of the South Luangwa lodge we were staying at say “Oh, this elephant is quite unconventional, stay still. Don’t move!” From our seat on the very edge of the patio we watched silently as the elephant moved toward us. As it stopped in front of us the scale was apparent. It’s head was larger than our head and torso combined with tusks stretching on for what felt like forever. I stayed frozen as the huge beast sniffed all over Leckie, brushing its trunk against his arm. Then, knocking Leckie’s wine glass over, it moved on to me. My heart pounded as it sniffed me and I closed my eyes to quell a moment of panic.

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Posted from Northern, Zambia.

Site Guide: Gaung-Say Island (Shampoo Island), Myanmar


Gaung Say Island (Shampoo Island) from Mawlyamine

Site Name: Gaung-Say Island (Shampoo Island)
Area: On the Thanlwin River between Mawlamyine & Mottama, Mon State, Myanmar

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Posted from Mawlamyine, Mon, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.