Before you even see these wonderful creatures, you will hear
the loud shrieks of joy as they rumble through the grasses excited for their
late afternoon drink and swim. Elephants love mucking about in the water.
In this image you can see how a small family group of
elephants probably led by the largest female in the group (the matriarch), are
enjoying a quenching drink of water. Can you see how the little one in the
middle is completely soaked, and the one drinking is wet up to its stomach? In
fact I think there might even be an even smaller one behind the wet little one.
These youngsters have clearly been having a great time, rolling around in the
water. Judging by the dry legs of the elephant on the far right, they could
have walked around the water if they wanted to.
As they play there will be plenty of trumpeting, probably
the little one telling its big brother to get off.
Looking at how dry the big adults are, I would say that
either these elephants have just arrived at the water or that it is quite a
cool day. What elephants will regularly do on hot days, is suck water up
through their trunks and then squirt it over their backs in a bid to cool
themselves down. They’ll usually do this after they’ve had a nice drink, so I
think that there’s a good chance the lucky people in the dug-out canoe are in
for a real treat.
As their thirsts are quenched (adult elephants drink 200
litres of water a day on average), the matriarch will let out a low rumble,
sometimes inaudible to the human ear, which will signify time to move on.
After a sighting like this, if we were in that canoe, I’d
say we should probably head off for a thirst-quenching sundowner ourselves.