A fascinating encounter in Kruger National Park showcased an elephant demonstrating its pre-play stretches as it crossed a road.
The majestic creature was captured on camera, flexing and extending its body before engaging in a friendly tussle, locking tusks with a fellow elephant.
Ayesha Cantor, a 50-year-old from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, stumbled upon this remarkable sight while returning from a wedding in the wilds of Pafuri.
Cantor spotted three young elephants on the path and decided to stop, noting that the Kruger National Park elephants are known for their excellent health.
Cantor expressed amazement at the elephant’s impressive warm-up routine, which allowed it to stand confidently alongside its playmates.
She emphasized the importance of respecting these animals and understanding their signals.
While elephants are sometimes seen as aggressive, giving them space and learning to read their cues can ensure a safe and awe-inspiring experience.
Known to flick their trunks, shake their heads, or even roll their eyes when they feel threatened, elephants are truly magnificent creatures. As Cantor concludes, “It is a privilege to be present.”