A female elephant splashing itself with dust: a typical behavior of mistrust facing the aggression which we represented for its offspring.
Photo taken by Cyrille Le Déaut in Amoseli National Park with a Canon Eos 30-D.
Three of the five Asian Elephants I was able to study for four weeks. Mah Nah, the individual on the right is pregnant and looking to the matriarch, Tong Dee, for support during a pre-labor pain. Hence they are touching trunks. Mah Nah's 3 year old son, Bpmee Mai is also in the picture, but he's hidden behind his mother.
I wanted to post this picture to show the social nature of Asian Elephants. Though the two adults are not related, they have still formed a strong bond after living together or several years.
These elephants belong to villagers living in Huay Pakoot, Thailand. They are part of a semi-wild herd.