Monday, March 23, 2009

Love among elephants

From "U.S. News & World Report" Special Collector's Edition magazine "Mysteries of Science", on sale thru July 14, 2009, page 29:
by Marc Bakoff

A recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania opened my eyes to the world of elephants. While we were watching a group of wild elephants living in the Samburu Reserve in northern Kenya, we noted that one of them, Babyl, walked very slowly. We learned that she was crippled and that she couldn't travel as fast as the rest of the herd. However, we saw that the elephants in Babyl's group waited for her. When I asked our guide, the elephant expert Iain Douglas-Hamilton, about this he said that these elephants always waited for Babyl, and they's been doing so for years. Douglas-Hamilton said the matriarch even fed her on occasion.

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