We got some really cool footage on our trail camera a few weeks ago, but I have been in two minds about sharing it… Some of it is definitely not for sensitive viewers. During an incident at Bushmans Trailscamp, a young bull elephant was shot. It is never nice when something like that happens. And believe me when I say that it is very traumatic for everyone involved. I was not there, neither was Steven and I do not want to say anything or speculate about what happened. I am just very glad that the guests on that trail and the trails ranger, his assistant and camp attendant were not harmed.
What I would like to share with you is what happens after an elephant or rhino dies. When rangers discover or know about a carcass, the ivory or horn need to be removed. They don’t want the coveted teeth or rhino horn to fall into the wrong hands. After the, in this case ivory, is removed it is then taken to a safe and secure place.
It did not take long for the scavengers to arrive after the ivory was removed. I guess there is life in death as well in the sense that the elephants body provided food for a lot of animals. What I found very moving is that another elephant arrived before the hyena’s did. With it’s trunk it sniffed the earth and the elephants body. An elephant’s tenderness and sense of emotion keeps on amazing me. I think I would like to come back as an elephant in a next life. I will find a nice lady with a tasty looking garden and I will just hang around with her the whole time;-)
The footage of the lions on the carcass is spectacular. And a little bit gross at the same time. Especially the part where the lioness is drinking some elephant juice. But at the same time it is all part of the circle of life. And that in itself is worth showing.
Have a lovely week everyone!