Animals

By Mikey Jones


 This elephant certainly knows a bit about crowd control – as he used his trunk as a water cannon to ward off wild dogs.

The bull was approaching a precious waterhole when he spotted the pack of dogs surrounding it, and he decided to take charge.

Raising his head, he marched into the middle of them to show them who was boss and enjoy a drink.

But when the playful dogs did not disperse, he started spraying water in their direction to make them turn tail.

After a while at the watering hole and still being pestered by the sneaky dogs, he decided to retire to a more peaceful part of the savannah.

The moment was caught on camera by Jackie Badenhorst, 37, at the Welverdiend waterhole in the Kruger National Park.

Jackie, from Pretoria, South Africa, said: “My husband and I arrived at the waterhole and found a large pack of wild dogs drinking water.

“Not long after we got there an elephant bull came ambling along in the distance.

“As he got closer to the waterhole, he realized the dogs were there and immediately changed his posture and attitude, raising his head to appear larger and more intimidating.

“He shook his head around a bit and made sure they knew who’s boss.

“The dogs were rather inquisitive, almost playful, trying to see how close they could get, how much they could push him.

“The elephant got really irritable and tried spraying the approaching dogs with water – which they would nimbly dodge!

“He later ran toward them shaking his head, trumpeting.

“Eventually he decided to leave the area and try find some peace and quiet. The dogs proceeded to bother a heard of buffalo, kudus and even tried to catch some warthog for breakfast. It was exciting stuff!

“I love wild dogs and elephants, so witnessing interaction between the two species is particularly special.”

Jackie started photographing wildlife when she lived permanently in the bush.

Despite moving back to Pretoria she continues to take wild animal pictures as much as possible.

Jackie said: “I’m a registered field guide and have a serious passion for wildlife.

“I started photographing wildlife when I lived in the bush permanently many years ago.

“Photography slowed down when I moved back to Pretoria but about 5 years ago I started getting into it again.

“It’s then when I invested in my first decent equipment and the bug bit for good.

“I now head out into the bush as often as possible and the challenge of getting a great shot just keeps me going back for more and more, it’s seriously addictive!

“I really enjoy the adventure of travelling to remote places, the excitement of not knowing what you may see and photograph and at the end of the day spending time in nature is what it’s all about.”