Unbreakable Connections: A Group of Elephants Protects Their Young from a Hostile Bull

Observing majestic elephants in their natural surroundings is an awe-inspiring experience that tugs at the heartstrings, as it showcases a remarkable demonstration of empathy and camaraderie that is reminiscent of human behavior. Similar to us, these benevolent behemoths establish unbreakable relationships and showcase an extensive array of emotions ranging from fondness to fury.

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Elephants are known for their strong devotion to protecting their young. This is evident in their behavior of creating a protective barrier around their young ones whenever they sense danger. They make a lot of noise and use their large ears to shield their vulnerable offspring. There was an incident where a male elephant tried to separate a baby from its mother, but the herd quickly intervened and kept the baby safe.

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A baby elephant was kicked by a male elephant, according to a post on Instagram by Peter Delaney.

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As we were shooting, my wife Nicolinah and our son Neo were with me, making the experience all the more special. However, the moment when we witnessed a bull mistreating a young elephant was difficult to watch. The reactions of the animals around us spoke volumes about the intensity of the situation. It was touching to see the herd come together to protect their young, inspiring the creation of the photograph “Bonds of Love,” which left us feeling uplifted.

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As the mom looks at her newly born baby, she feels overwhelmed with love and joy. The sweet moment captured in a photo shared on Instagram by Peter Delaney.

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Capturing the beauty of nature through black and white photography, particularly wildlife and landscapes, brings me peace. It’s a way for me to connect with the world around me and recharge my soul.
Seeing others connect with my prints on an emotional level is priceless. Whether it’s bringing them joy, sparking a happy memory, or evoking nostalgia, it’s an honor to provide people with these experiences.
Every aspect of being a wildlife photographer brings me happiness, from exploring serene landscapes to interacting with clients. It’s a journey that I’m grateful for every day.

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The little elephant is being closely monitored by its elder sibling, as seen in a heartwarming photograph shared on Instagram by Peter Delaney.

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A cute little baby seeks refuge between his mother and aunt in a heartwarming photo shared on Instagram by Peter Delaney.

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Witnessing a mother’s affection towards her young is a heartwarming sight that inspires me. It’s the kind of experience that I want to pursue for the rest of my life. I have always felt a strong connection to Africa and relocating to South Africa twenty years ago only strengthened my desire to become a wildlife photographer. For me, this wasn’t just a career choice, it was a sense of purpose.

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The little one is surrounded by its elephant kin, as captured in a photo shared on Peter Delaney’s Instagram account.


As captured on Instagram by Peter Delaney, a precious moment of a newborn nursing from her mother is showcased.


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