In Chitwan we saw the rhino deep in the long grass from the back of an elephant, but in Kaziranga they were everywhere, grazing out in the open, many with young.
They have a pointed prehensile upper lip like the Black Rhino, and they are semi-aquatic, feeding in and even under the water:
In Kaziranga we also went out on elephants, at dawn in a thick but magical mist :
Being atop an elephant allows for close-ups from an unusual angle:
The baby has no horn yet, but you can see a smooth bump where it is trying to come through: the teething pains must be horrendous:
Personally I think it looks most irresistible from the front:
They didn’t seem overly bothered by the elephants, or vice-versa. Our guide told us that when he started 20 years ago, they would flee from tourists, but that they are now habituated, and largely ignore them.
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Such amazing creatures, and you caught so many wonderful facets of them in these two posts. Thank you as always! >
No pics of you on top of the elephant?? >
Irresistibility, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder…