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Animal altruism. This was just truly amazing to see this interaction between a young elephant and wildebeest that was stuck in the mud at a waterhole in Madikwe Game Reserve. We had watched this unfortunate wildebeest for hours to see if predators would be drawn into an easy meal. What we didn’t expect to see was the way this young elephant came up to it and started interacting with it. The ellie wrapped its trunk around the neck of the wildebeest as if to try and pull him out. It was if the ellie was saying, “grab hold brother, I’ll pull you out”. Unfortunately the wildebeest’s fate was sealed and in the second photo, which I processed in black & white, shows a touching moment between the two. Just before the elephant left, he gently rubbed the wildebeest on the head with his trunk for a bit, it was as if he knew he was unable to help and was telling the wildebeest goodbye. When we had returned the next morning, the unfortunate and exhausted wildebeest had drowned in the watery mud during the night from pure exhaustion. I must admit it was tough leaving that scene and not being able to interfere to help the wildebeest out, but you have to leave nature to nature. This life and death...this is Africa. . 🔎Elephant factoid: Elephants have a more developed hippocampus, a brain region responsible for emotion and spatial awareness, than any other animal. Elephants commonly show grief, humor, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, tool use, playfulness, and excellent learning abilities. There are many reports of elephants showing altruism toward other species, such as rescuing trapped dogs at considerable cost to themselves. . 📸Photo Tip: Color or monochrome? I personally find that I’m more emotionally connected to monochrome images. Monochrome images just seem to bring out the starkness of images, especially those that have a lot of emotional depth to them. By stripping out the colors of an image, you’re able to emphasize the content
Video by Ronan Donovan @ronan_donovan | As with many social mammals, the adolescent males always seem to engage in the roughest play. Here, two yearling arctic wolves play with 10-week-old pups on the tundra of Canada’s Ellesmere Island. Even though Gray Mane, as he's called, was only a year old, he was the largest wolf in his pack and he clearly liked to play a little rough with the small pups. As with humans, play reinforces social bonds, promotes physical awareness, and just plain feels good. Check out the current issue of National Geographic for my article on the wolves (written by Neil Shea @neilshea13). A related three-part series on @natgeowild premieres tonight, August 25 at 8 p.m. EST, directed by Tony Gerber and filmed by Luke Padgett and me. #kingdomofthewhitewolf airs tonight at 8/7c. | Photograph by @ronan_donovan #wildlife #earthpix #love #nature #canon @bbcearth#africa #buffalo #nikonusa #yourshotphotographer#natgeohd #natgeo #wonderfuldestinations#yourshotphotographer #natgeo100contest #usa#natgeowild #wildelephants #african#africanwildlife #bird #wildafrica #wildography#wildlifephotography #canada
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