Over the past few weeks, I have written a few blogs about elephants in our yard. Well, I was in stitches this morning when I found out there had been an elephant at my window during the night…! And he went through a lot of effort to get there too! Let me tell you what I think happened last night…
After lots of nagging, the maintenance department finally came to put all our fences back up last week. Which is great, because both Alex and Jack managed to escape from the yard a few days before. Double trouble these boys of ours!
Earlier this morning, I was talking to Steven on the phone. He is in Pretoria for his B-Tech contact week and I wanted to wish him good luck with his exams. The only place we have decent signal around the house, is at our gate.
While we were chatting, I had a look at all the animal tracks in the sand in front of the gate. I actually joked to Steven: ‘it looks like our naughty elephant has done a patrol of our fence last night.’ Because apart from hyena and jackal tracks, the big round elephant tracks were clear to see right along side the fence.
Well the joke was one me, because I was spot on! When I got back to the house, I noticed the top two strands of the fence at the back of the house were bent. And there were ellie tracks all over the garden again.
I had to actually laugh out loud. Naughty, naughty elephant! I managed to find what the elephant was up to by walking from the gate, along our fence. This elephant must really like our yard. It walked all around the yard, hugging the fence. I can only imagine how it must have been testing the fence with his trunk or with his foot. He must have been quite disappointed to find the fence was up and quite stirdy…
So our garden invader walked the length of our fence and then came past the flats around the back. He had a nice feed on the apple leaf tree in the courtyard there and then a good poo. Then he probably noticed the fence at the back of our yard has a post missing. And that is where he came over.
He must have done some serious acrobatic moves, lifting his legs really high to scale the fence. If only I had been awake to see that! It would have been so entertaining to watch. The only damage there is to the fence is the two top strands are bent down. He probably could not hold his tummy in enough! So there is an elephant belly shaped indentation on the top of the fence now.
At one stage during the night the elephant was right by my bedroom window, feeding on the magic guarri bush that is there. And I slept through it all! What a pity. I would have been able to see him nicely in the moonlight. I am an incredibly light sleeper. If one of the boys so much as sneezes during the night, my mommy sense wakes me up. I guess I don’t have that kind of instinct when it comes to having an elephant at my window!!
The other blogs I wrote about the elephant that likes to come visit us are ‘A naughty overnight visitor‘ and ‘Elephant in the yard – another fence down‘. Please check them out by clicking on the links provided.