Being an avid wildlife enthusiast and an elephant lover, am always in awe of these gentle giants that are the lord of our jungles. The forests would be less exciting without these magnificent pachyderms. I have always been associated with the Project Elephant and have come across charging / raging bulls, been chased about and also trampled nearly twice. My interest was to study the behaviour of solitary wild bulls during different seasons, their migratory pattern & their intense aggression / display during 'musth'. Am Boring you all right ?
During a recent field work in the Nilgiris Biosphere, it so happened that the four of us were returning for lunch and some rest to our forest house...when we heard a shrilling trumpet from a wild tusker which was just about to the right of us. This was perhaps the bull responsible for a few unfortunate human deaths which escalated to a new high according to statistics in the neighboring villages. He had been very elusive & always stayed away from being noticed by villagers / forest department guards. This massive 3 tonner appeared just out of nowhere all of a sudden, mock charged and displayed absolute aggression ! Since i was behind the wheel & petrified, managed to just switch off the engine & run for cover. I was the last to get out of the Bolero as my companions had bolted to a shed near by. I knew i was running out of time.
This beast was irritated & annoyed by the rattling engine noise of the DI engine. I was happy that the robust Bolero was able to withstand all his inquisitive pressures & tramples. We finally had to shoo him away to get close to our Bolero. Not to mention that he chew off my expensive 'woodland' trek shoes !
I do hope you enjoy these sequential pictures that i clicked at the time of the encounter. Cheers !