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baby elephants



I watched a mother elephant

gently lay her tusk

over the back

of her baby

She carefully moved her trunk

from the left side

to the right side

of the baby's body

I felt the powerful sense

of touch at work

Dusty gray

moving in the night

Kilimanjaro's healing water

fills their favorite swamp

The elephant's night pace

is tranquil.


These are two orphan baby elephants just full of love for each other. However, sad that their mother has probably been shot by poachers.... I spent long hours at the ophanage getting to know these babies .... Each one has a human "mate" that bottle feeds them and even sleeps next to them ... with out this contact they die from no mother contact and the herd....


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Taken on August 6, 2006