Imagine basking in the sun by a pool at a safari camp when a massive elephant family suddenly strides towards you.
That’s precisely what happened to vacationers at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, who were in awe as they witnessed these gentle giants join their pool party.
At first, the campers were excited to see the approaching elephants. However, as more and more members of the herd appeared, their excitement gave way to respect and perhaps a touch of fear. The pack comprised about 20 elephants, more significant than the average herd size of 9-11.
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The matriarch of the herd was quick to make her presence known. She locked eyes with one of the vacationers, assessing whether her pack was in danger and if the humans could be trusted. Despite her intense gaze, the vacationer appeared unfazed.
In an elephant society, female empowerment is essential. Male elephants typically leave the herd during adolescence, while female-centric groups remain bonded for life. Males may lead a more solitary existence, but they often stay near their original pack.
As the matriarch continued to watch the vacationers, her gentle eyes seemed to communicate a wealth of wisdom.
This connection enabled the tourists to trust these majestic creatures, as they didn’t appear frightened while the elephants quenched their thirst at the pool.
The elephants, seemingly grateful for the water, lined up as if to pose for photos, showing no signs of fear from the tourists’ cameras.
After drinking their fill, the herd departed, displaying their wisdom by not wasting scarce resources. A straggler from the group soon caught up, and the entire pack patiently waited for the young one to drink before moving on together.
The pool’s water level visibly decreased after the elephants’ visit, which is unsurprising given that an adult elephant can consume up to 50 gallons of water daily. This heartwarming video showcases the majestic beauty of these awe-inspiring creatures.
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Via: Animal Channel