6319 – Good Bye Old Friend
Botswana - 2007; Awarded - Highly Commended, Audubon Society & NANPA; 2012 National Geographic Editors Pick and viewer Choice; 2 page spread in Oct 12 Picture Die Bewegendsten Des Monats; Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth today and have been known to live to over 70 years. Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion. We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals. From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend.