Life at the Waterhole

Face-to-face with an Elephant

In the middle of the night, M. Sanjayan finds himself nose-to-nose with a young bull elephant at the waterhole. Out of the darkness the elephant creeps ever closer, aware of the presence of humans but gaining trust with each step. Eventually M. Sanjayan gets a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with one of Africa's giants.

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