Some of the Best Experiences of 2011: Herd of Elephants Preparing to Swim

Being in India it is not hard for one to come across elephants. Right from celestial divinities to the tamed elephant in  temples, one grows up with elephants engraved in one’s psyche.

And yet to witness a free elephant in the wild- to come across the sheer size and scale of the magnificent creature in a bamboo forest is breathtakingly beautiful.

Although from a far distance, I was lucky enough, one early morning in Kabini to witness a herd of elephants. In the beginning it just looked as though the herd had come for a casual drink of water, and that the first few elephants were just dipping their feet in the lake. Imagine our surprise when one by one the elephants kept walking into the lake (right down to the small calf) and started swimming to the adjoining shore- all the time maintaining a disciplined straight line. Apparently elephants are great swimmers- who knew!!

Out for a quick swim

I shot the photograph from a distance of almost 1-1.5 kms so the elephants look small- like babies. However most of them were full grown. Just the scale of the trees on the bank amazes me!

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