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Close Encounters with an Elephant...

By Scottishlandscapes  
Animal Magic part two. I was sent to Calderpark Zoo while at the Record, photograph the elephant it's very friendly they said. Richard O'Grady the Zoo Curator met me and introduced me to the beast then got off it's little island and left me alone, the elephant immediately fancied the camera and his trunk kept coming at it and me. A Daily Record reader Mr A Moffat got a better image than I did and here it is 50 years later, so thanks A.Moffat for catching my close encounter with an elephant.

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 9:38AM
At least we know that you survived the encounter, Dougie. And if the elephant ate the Rollei the indigestion would have been terrific!

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28 Feb 2014 10:05AM
An outstanding image of photo journalism. Great images like this stand the test of time. Thanks for sharing and providing the context.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 10:13AM
Thanks for the laugh.....
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 10:17AM
The old advice to actors - Never perform with children or animals... I don't think trying to push it away will have got you very far.
Thanks to you and Mr Moffat for the laugh.
Reminds me of Lulu the Blue Peter baby elephant...

28 Feb 2014 10:18AM
Fred the photograph is a readers picture sent in to the paper. I can't recall if they used my photograph or this for that matter.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
28 Feb 2014 10:25AM
Nice one to have and a reminder of past joys(?????), Dougie.
No sign of your bunnet there.......or had jumbo already had it.
Nice piece of hardware on display too.
28 Feb 2014 10:41AM
Nice one Dougie GrinGrin. Did you try saying "Sit!!"

Elephants are known to be quite poor at reading,
so if it had a sweet tooth it probably thought your camera was a packet of 'Rolos' BlushBlush
Richsr 11 91 223 England
28 Feb 2014 10:52AM
Did have the Hasselblad with you for this encounter then Dougie !
You must have made it out ok so good fun but perhaps not at the time
Regards Richard
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 11:53AM
You must have been the one watching the carnival in the ad., who laughed at the elephant!
Great capture.
28 Feb 2014 11:55AM
Great advert for sure.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
28 Feb 2014 12:11PM
Perhaps this is where the phrase
''grab shot'' came from Dougie !!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
28 Feb 2014 1:37PM
I bet that animal remembers it like yesterday.....An elephant never forgets. I must say you haven't changed much...
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 5:03PM

Brilliant, simply brilliant

Regards Nathan
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2014 6:56PM
Excellent Dougie. Best not to work with animals and children - says an ex teacher.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
28 Feb 2014 7:23PM
I lost a lens hoot sitting on an elephant and he picked it up

Most of us carry around a trunk load of camera gear, so why not an elephant?

28 Feb 2014 8:34PM
Well it is a rather nice camera.... Grin
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2014 5:08AM
smiles all round here dougie never work with children and animals springs to mind Wink
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Mar 2014 3:51PM
Grin Grin Grin

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