Playful Elephants Enjoy a Sand Bath While Sibling Rivalry Brews

In South Africa, Khanyisa, a rescued albino baby elephant, has found a new home at the “HERD” elephant orphanage and sanctuary, thanks to Adine Roode, the founder.

Adine and her dedicated team have been working tirelessly to integrate the orphaned elephants into an existing herd known as the Jabulani herd.

Recently, Khanyisa and the other elephants from the Jabulani herd had a delightful time cooling off at a sandy mound. Without hesitation, the albino elephant dove right into the pile of sand, with Kumbura and Bubi joining in.

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Meanwhile, six-year-old Timisa strolled atop the mound while Limpopo slowly approached her. Finding a cozy spot, Khanyisa settled down for a nap.

Little Elephants Playing In The Sand

Taking inspiration from Khanyisa, the 15-year-old Limpopo decided to rest as well. It wasn’t easy for such a giant elephant to lie down on the ground. Curious about Limpopo’s behavior, Khanyisa approached him, followed by Timisa.

As Timisa took a break, Limpopo’s younger sister, Pisa, joined them on the sandy summit. However, Pisa couldn’t help feeling slightly jealous or annoyed by Khanyisa, whom she saw as an irritating younger sibling.

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Consequently, Pisa knocked Khanyisa down out of jealousy. Eventually, though, the albino baby elephant found a way to reach Timisa.

Little Elephants Playing In The Sand

Refusing to back down, the 12-year-old Pisa, aspiring to be a leader like her mother, Tokwe, fought a mild battle over who was closer to Timisa. Witnessing their dispute, Lundi, Khanyisa’s adoptive mother, positioned herself behind them.

Before long, Khanyisa and Timisa started playing together, even engaging in friendly sparring. With her clever moves, Khanyisa gained the upper trunk, thoroughly enjoying her bond with Timisa.

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Meanwhile, the curious albino calf joined Kumbura on the opposite side. Lundi, Khanyisa’s nurturing mother, assisted Tokwe with her matriarch responsibilities and always displayed kindness and care towards the young members of the herd.

Little Elephants Playing In The Sand

While the elephants reveled in their sand bath, Allomother Kumbura smartly dusted sand on her body to ward off flies. Timisa joined her adoptive sisters, and Khanyisa rested under their watchful feet.

Bubi, the beautiful elephant, also joined the sand bath session, as the sand and mud provided a protective layer for their skin. It was a blissful day for the Jabulani herd as they cooled down, enjoyed each other’s company, and found respite on the sandy mound.

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