You’re in for a trunking, elephants battle for dominance
A wizened elephant managed to give a young pretender a good thumping – by throwing him off balance with his trunk.
The older bull was challenged by a younger male for dominance within the herd at the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
But despite missing one tusk from his previous fights, the veteran used his experience to triumph on the swampy battleground.
The encounter was captured by 35-year-old photographer and owner of Nomadic by Nature travel photography site Mike McCaffrey.
The American, who now lives in Kenya, was taking a 20,000 km road trip through Eastern and Southern Africa to visit the national parks.
He said: “Amboseli National Park is one of the most famous in Kenya. It sits at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, offering a stunning backdrop for safaris.
“The water from Kilimanjaro feeds swamplands and lakes in the park, which attract large herds of elephants and buffalos and makes it feel like the land of giants.
“I stumbled upon these two giant bull elephants at the edge of one of the swamps engaged in a battle for dominance.
“After a long brutal battle, experience triumphed over youth.
“The older elephant was able to use his one good tusk to insert it perpendicularly under the other elephant’s tusks like a forklift.
“He then raised his tusk and twisted, throwing the other elephant off balance.
“He had to take a number of direct charges from the younger elephant during the fight, but eventually emerged victorious with the younger elephant retreating back into the swamp.
“The experience was as exhilarating as it was humbling.
“The animals are so big that everything seems to be moving in slow motion, but when they crash into each other, the skull cracking sound of their collision, and the rising dust around them makes you understand their speed and power.”