February 23, 2013

Elephant Mean Girls at Watering Hole

Caitlin O’Connel-Rodwell, Smithsonian Magazine

AP Photo

A roar broke the silence of a dead winter's night. When I heard the noise, I shot up and tossed back the hood of my sleeping bag, which I had pulled over my head to cut the chill. From my bed up in the research tower, I looked down at the water hole 20 feet below, now black since the moon had set several hours ago. This was my home during my elephant field season, and it offered a great view of elephants in action day and night.

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TAGGED: Behavior, Animal Research, Elephants


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