Animals | August 23, 2021 7:42 AM | Hang Bona

While reaching for the juiciest fruits, the agile elephant displays impressive strength and balance

Elephants are recognized for being quiet, placid, and little slow animals who prefer to take leisurely strolls about their environments.

These stately tuskers may also be remarkably agile when they are in desperate need of something.

At Mana Pools national park in Zimbabwe, an endearing African bull elephant was recently photographed standing on his high legs and stretching out his trunk to reach the best branches and grasp some juicy fruits, and thankfully, talented photographer Bobby-Jo Vial was there to capture the spectacular moment.

As endearing and amusing as his actions are, they also demonstrate the incredible power and balance that we rarely witness in other gentle giants.

Only the African bull elephant, the world’s largest and heaviest land animal, may be seen with them.

“It was an incredible display of pure power, balance, and agility,” Bobby-Jo added.

This national park, of course, is one of the rare sites where we may see such a scene.

It’s a tendency they pick up by seeing other bulls around them, according to the 36-year-old photographer, which occurs frequently during particular periods of the year when many areas, such as Mana Pools, grow drier and these critters must become more inventive owing to a lack of food.

She explained, “This feeding activity is highly unique to African bull elephants, and Mana Pools is one of the few spots where visitors may watch it.”

Despite the fact that it was not the first time she had seen them in action, the wildlife photographer was enthralled by what she witnessed.

Bobby-photographs Jo’s have appeared in prestigious publications such as The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The New York Post, Huffington Post, and Africa Geographic, but she still considers this incredible series to be the greatest she has ever shot in her career.

“My friends, family, and followers have been blown away by the images,” she added, “They are blown away by this elephant’s balancing act,” People have also commented on how beautiful the afternoon light is.

Many of my friends and family members are aware of my affinity for elephants and were delighted to see me observing them with my visitors.”

Due to illicit killing, the African bull elephant was on the verge of extinction.

Despite the fact that circumstances have improved since 2017 due to a lack of demand for ivory, conservationists maintain that they still face significant challenges.

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