PICTURE OF BABY ELEPHANT
“They say an elephant never forgets. What they don’t tell you is, you never forget an elephant.” This is precisely how I felt after my encounter with the largest living land animal on earth. After 18 strenuous hours on a plane, I found myself in a whirlwind of history, culture, color, noise, and warmth. I was in South India to shoot pictures of baby elephants as a part of my artwork for sale. With the Indian monsoons on their full blow, I was hoping to capture some elephant images which would be a great value addition to my artwork for sale. Having grown up in India, elephants were always in the background of my childhood. From seeing them walking on the streets to witnessing them in circuses, I always took them for granted. Now, with my mission to give back to nature, showcasing these elephant images was essential.
Many religions in India, stem from animism. A thought suggesting animals and plants have a soul. Elephants, therefore, have a special significance in India, as an animal that resembles Lord Ganesha (god of luck) and for being the mount of Goddess Laxmi (goddess of wealth). They are a major part of India’s culture and tradition.
For my elephant images, I decided to study their behavior.
The animal that surpasses all others in wit and mind
Most contemporary ethologists view the elephant as one of the world’s most intelligent animals. With a mass of just over 5 kg (11 lb), an elephant’s brain has more mass than that of any other land animal, and although the largest whales have body masses twenty times those of a typical elephant, a whale’s brain is bare twice the mass of an elephant’s brain. In addition, elephants have a total of 300 billion neurons. Elephant brains are similar to humans and many other mammals’ in terms of general connectivity and functional areas, with several unique structural differences. The elephant cortex has as many neurons as a human brain, suggesting convergent evolution.
Elephants manifest a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, mimicry, play, altruism, use of tools, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, memory, and communication. Further, evidence suggests elephants may understand pointing: the ability to nonverbally communicate an object by extending a finger, or equivalent. It is thought that they are equal to cetaceans and primates in this regard.
The baby elephant
For the first few days, the new-born elephant is unsteady on its feet and needs the support of its mother. It relies on touch, smell, and hearing, as its eyesight is poor. It has little precise control over its trunk, which wiggles around and may cause it to trip. By its second week of life, the calf can walk more firmly and has more control over its trunk. After its first month, a calf can pick up, hold, and put objects in its mouth, but cannot suck water through the trunk and must drink directly through the mouth. It is still dependent on its mother and keeps close to her.
When I first approached this herd, they were all scattered around, leaving this baby elephant by himself. I was amazed at how well-coordinated they were because the minute they saw me approach them, they immediately moved in unison to surround this little guy. Taking the cue, I continued to capture pictures of the baby elephant. Soon, they had engulfed him in an impenetrable wall. Nobody could touch him. He was completely protected from the outside world!
This experience of shooting pictures of the baby elephant as artwork for sale reminded me about the power of a team and about the importance of family. When we work together, we succeed. When we stand alone, we are exposed and at risk. I was left feeling grateful for my family, for having stood with me through thick and thin. A career I could not have pursued without having their support. With the happiness of capturing pictures of the baby elephant, I dialed my family back in New York to thank them
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