Animals

By Mike Jones

 

Photographer Kevin Dooley, 58, was leading a safari trip in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, when the group stumbled upon a group of elephants by a dust hole.

The safari tour guide, from New Mexico, US, quickly got out his camera as one young elephant slipped and fell as he tried to step down.

The adorable snaps show the sequence in which the young elephant fell and capture the moment he rises back up from his tumble to join the group again.

Luckily, despite the elephant taking a fall, it was unharmed and carried on playing in the dust as though nothing had happened.

Kevin said: “We take our safari guests out every day in search of amazing wildlife sightings.

“A young elephant decided to take a dust bath in the red iron rich soil, however he could not make the step down into the dust hole and eventually slipped and took a fall.

“I saw the elephant trying to figure out how to reach the dust, back and forth, trying to reach his foot to the ground in the dust hole. I wondered if he was going to be successful when he took a fall.

“I love any wildlife photos that tell a story and share the amazing things these animals do in the wild.

“The elephant was not injured in any way, in fact he enjoyed the tumble just like a small child would. He was happy and continued to have a great time in the dirt.”