When I went to Kabini last month, there were plenty of families around .Well, Im not referring to the human kind , but about elephants. We saw herds everywhere and although we did see a few tuskers around , it was interesting to watch the behaviour of these animals. In one of our jungle safaris, we came upon a family of three who just emerged out of the bushes onto the road. We were the only jeep around and we were rather deep into the jungle.

We switched off the engine and waited. I hesitated to use my camera , but then I took a couple of pictures just as they posed for us . As I closed the lens, the father shielded the mother and the calf from our view and then he led the group as they crossed the road. While keeping an eye on us, he shepherded them into the bushes and that is when I took out the camera again and even while his family was safely into the forests, he gave us one last look before exiting from our view.

In another scene, we were privy to the bathing scene of a mother and baby elephant who were enjoying a mud bath in the tiger’s pool. The mother was extremely weak and we could see her bones..probably she had a hard time getting herself and her calf to kabini . We didnt see the leopard or the tiger , but we spent a good 20 mins watching them enjoy the water.



  1. AJEYA RAO 23 June, 2010 at 07:20 Reply

    Lakshmi – These are amazing posts with great pictures. Being back to Blog makes me realize how unaware i can be (If not blogging) of these amazing events that happen around us that we all can write about and share.

  2. Jeevan 23 June, 2010 at 19:48 Reply

    Interesting capture and what strikes me was the boney elephant in video. Nice description about the moment and I wish the family stays longer.

  3. indicaspecies 25 June, 2010 at 17:56 Reply

    So many of your readers will benefit from such posts Lakshmi. Earlier this year (Jan), I had quite an experience with a herd of elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp, and I felt both good and bad about the whole thing. Perhaps will write a post on it sometime when I can get proper words to put forward my thoughts.

    I don’t want to sound like I am all knowing (am not) but these days I wonder how much is the wildlife affected because of our (human beings) visits to their habitat. Perhaps it is time for some introspection! Let me know what you think Lakshmi.

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