So that's how we found ourselves at the jeep..er elephant gathering late that afternoon. Yes there were a lot of jeeps and I found myself groaning when I first saw them and while of course it would have been better to be the only ones this is a huge occurrence in the area and attracts people from far and wide. We were very lucky to even get two jeeps at such short notice! The elephants didn't bother about the jeeps except when one got a bit too close and one elephant trumpeted. And all the jeeps backed up....Our jeep got a bit too close to two male elephants who were having a bit of a "discussion" and all it took was a sideways glance from one of them and we were reversing backwards pretty darn fast. The males' tusks have been removed or shortened to prevent them from being killed by ivory poachers.
So here they are...the elephants!!!
All set to go...this couple were so sweet but sadly had to leave us in Kandy as he became quite ill.
I was told this baby elephant was only 3 days old.