Clumsy elephant brothers struggle to stay on their feet while climbing slippery slope
During a recent safari holiday in the Kruger National Park, we were treated to some of the best game viewing in Africa. The Kruger National Park is one of the biggest protected wildlife areas in Africa and hosts and incredibly diverse amount of fauna and flora. Out of all the animals in the African bush, the African elephant is a big favourite amongst tourists and visitors of the National Park. Not only are elephants the largest land mammals on the planet, they are also seen as the most intelligent of all animals in the African wild. At a young age, elephants are amazingly entertaining. Their clumsiness and playfulness while learning the skills of life in the African bush is just so funny to watch. We came across a herd of elephants bathing in a large river. While majority of the elephant herd started leaving the water after their swim, we noticed two young bull elephant brothers, still having to make their way out of the river. The first part of their climb up the river bank was very muddy and slippery while the remaining part was hard and very uneven terrain for them to walk on. The older brother was the first one to make an attempt which failed miserably with the young elephant slipping, then falling down onto his little brother. From there both young male elephants looked hilariously clumsy while they made an attempt to climb up the river bank. The mother elephant immediately came over to see if her two struggling boys were fine. She carefully watched her two sons slipping and sliding, staying close should they need help. In the end, help from the mother was not needed. The older brother took the lead and carefully made his way up the slope. His young brother followed right behind, looking very awkward on his wobbly legs. The young brother’s attempts were very entertaining to watch, with his backside sliding to the side the whole time. Just as we thought he might fall down, the young male elephant showed real focus and determination and finally managed to get himself up the river bank and stable on his feet. Once again, the African elephant was by far the most entertaining animal to watch during our whole safari holiday.