National Geographic : 1911 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photo by Heller. Copyright by Charles Scribner's Sons TWO HIKUYU BOYS, FIRST ELEPHANT CAMP Still, many of them are wicked, and they kill a good many people. When you get close to them and watch them for a time you will note that they are perpetually in motion. I have never seen an elephant entirely still. He will flap one ear; then he will suddenly put up his trunk and curl it and try to see if he can smell anything; then he will shift from one foot to another. They never seem to stand entirely still. When we were camping in the Lado, hunting white rhinoceroses, there were a good many elephants around. We had obtained our elephant series and did not want to molest them. Once, when walking about a mile and a half from camp, we suddenly saw a herd of 50 or 60 elephants accompanied by a flock of a couple of hundred white cow herons. When we first saw the ele phants they were in an open flat, where the long grass had been burned. As the elephants walked through the short grass the herons marched alongside, catching the grasshoppers put up. As soon as they came to long grass all the herons flew up and lit on the backs of the ele phants. There was one little pink ele phant calf and two herons perched on its back. The elephants evidently did not mind the birds; otherwise they could have removed them with their trunks. Those elephants were quite indifferent to our presence if we did not come too near. While looking at them we heard Dr. Mearns shooting birds around camp; but it did not disturb the elephants. They stayed two days in the neighbor hood, and we got as close a look at them as we wished. We did not want to have to shoot any of them; and, as an elephant cow will often attack a man if it thinks he is menacing her calf, we had to be cautious about going too close.