Animals Video

By Katy Gill


A large herd of around 70 African bush elephants has left a wildlife photographer gobsmacked after being spotted visiting a water hole together in Kruger National Park.

Amateur wildlife photographer Graeme Mitchley captured the large herd during a day trip in South Africa, early April.

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The seemingly never ending line of elephants spent over five minutes attending the water hole, cooling, re-hydrating and enjoying a leafy green snack.

Many young calves can be seen playing around, completely immersing themselves in the water, whilst the rest of the herd loudly trumpet out in excitement.

Graeme said: “This is by far the largest herd of elephants I have ever encountered.

“It was an amazing experience and one I hope to witness again.

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“They’re truly amazing creatures and I love being near them.

“Elephants are extremely social animals, they show their excitement by trumpeting and growling low.

“I am extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to experience this.”

Many mature females are seen assisting each other in keeping the large herd together.

The jovial babies appeared to stay near the matriarchs, who are estimated to be around 50-years-old, for the entirety of the video.

PICS BY GRAEME MITCHLEY / CATERS NEWS

The photographer said: “The mothers would be very experienced in keeping a large herd like this together and safe.

“The number of youngsters that were in the herd, aging from a few months old up to adolescence, is proof of a very successful leadership within the herd.

“The young bulls will soon have to leave the herd as they will attempt to mate with the women – quickly irritating them.”