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10-12-2016, 03:59 AM   #4591
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aslyfox Quote
nostrils - I thought those were some type of weird candlestick holders ???
I would strongly advise against attempting to stuff a candle into one of those openings.

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I concur. You will probably not be given another chance to try it again.
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I may look that dumb but I'm not that dumb

we did have a few minutes of "excitement" at the hippo pool when we were on foot in the Serengeti NP. the hippos were maybe 10 - 15 ' below the bluff. all of a sudden 8 - 10 joined them from the left, rushing at high speed.

on our drive in we had seen a lion heading in the general direction of the pool. wondering if it had arrived, we went into the clearing where the vehicle was so we had 360 degrees clear view

we saw a lone hippo approaching. the guide yelled car and my wife ran. I backtracked keeping my eye on the hippo and the guide did the same. the hippo turned slightly and disappeared

I asked the guide could I head that way and he said very slowly and he came with me. after 2 steps he said stop and I got up on my toes and I could see the hippo just below a slight rise. (the guide is 6' 5" and I am just under 6').

we slowly backed track to the vehicle.

there is no such thing as a "happy hippo" only a dangerous one.
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Think I'll switch to another big animal. Of course, this switch has nothing to do with the fact that there are no more hippo images in the ready-to-post folder.

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there is no such thing as a "happy hippo" only a dangerous one.
The only good hippo is one that's none too close except when I'm in a big, sturdy vehicle. They can run faster than you want to discover by an unexpected development.

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This one was still learning to use its trunk
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Obviously this one knows one critical function of the trunk
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This one would know a lot more


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there was a time or two when the elephants were so close to our vehicle, I was just a little bit jumpy, with an open roof I wondered if one could rip it off and/or reach in. I knew that if it wanted to, it could roll the vehicle. Luckily, they chose to ignore us but one did "alert" noticeably and came towards us after a young one walked up closely.

another use for the elephant's trunk

the action of the elephant in gathering the dust and throwing it up onto itself was not regular or rythmatic, so it was difficult to catch. single frame shots only.

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Not sure if I've posted this one before. Yet another use for their trunks, a mud bath
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how much mud was on that elephant

looks like a bush took root
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Only the backside was not covered in mud. And not the first time I saw that. The trunk is long, but not that long.
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More elephants.
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Wild horses sling mud and dust also. And for the same reason.







They just don't have a handy-dandy trunk.
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jumping onto the "mud" wagon

here is one I saw

very hard to find a clean dry spot on this guy which we found in the Tarangire National Park Tanzania

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