Thank you for all the votes and comments and a special thanks to Jukka (Kuvailija) and Fred (Fred263) for their UA's ...much apprecaited..
For Shadow Saturday I decided to turn this young juvenile elephant into a mono image.
The African elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal. They have concave backs. The upperlip and nose form a trunk. The trunk acts as a fifth limb, an amplifier and an important method of touch. African elephants trunks end in two opposing lips, wheras the Asian elephants trunk ends in a single lip.
Elephants have four molars, each weighs about 5kg and measures about 30cm. As the front pair wears down and drops out in pieces, the back pair moves forward, and two new molars emerge in the back of the mouth. Elephants replace their teeth four to six times in their lifetime.
The elephants tusks are firm teeth, the second set of incisors become the tusks. The tusks are used for digging for roots and for stripping tree bark and for fighting each other during mating season. They also use them for defending themselves against predators.
The tusks weigh between 23-45 kg and can be from 1.5-2.4 metres in length. Unlike Asian elephants both male and female elephants have tusks. They are curved forward and continue to grow right through their lives....
V2 another mono of a different elephant
V3 and 4 an elephant at the water hole who lost half of its trunk when young, either in an attack by a predator or crocodile. It seems to have adapted pretty well. You can clearly see the two holes I mentioned above at the end of its trunk.
Have a nice day
Wildlife and nature
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