Video – INTERACTION WITH THE ELEPHANT BULL MONDZWENI
By Alan McSmith, private safari guide.
While we sat and kept our distance, the great bull deliberately approached us. No aggression. Only curiosity. Only dignity. The connection crossed the line between what logic suggests and what empathy truly allows. He mirrored our intentions.
Elephant are like this. Call it what you will; a unique sense of presence, a special sentiency, intelligence, complexity. An elephant encounter often defies any rational explanation. They awaken in us something primitive, humbling, inspiring and fundamentally crucial for our own sense of well being. Just as they are keystone to an ecological circuit, they are keystone to a greater awareness. An awareness of a sacred attitude toward all life and living.
So, the next time you hear of a poached elephant, or a majestic bull shot as a trophy, or see an ivory-carved trinket on a distant mantlepiece, it should become personal.