Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Elephantine love

Every year the Sonepur cattle fair in the Indian state of Bihar produces the most touching photos of elephants relating to each other. It almost makes you want to start attending livestock shows. Elephants use their trunks for many reasons from scratching an itch to threatening an adversary but it’s most magnificent use is surely as an organ of affection. Here two elephants reach out to touch each other at the fair this year. Elephants don’t forget past companions or caretakers. At the elephant reserve outside Nairobi, Kenya, they often come back from the wild to show former caretakers their offspring. So perhaps these two elephants were old pals, or siblings, or just know each other from the fair.  (Photo by Aftab Alam Siddiqui/AP)

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