Young Elephant with no trunk!
Where there is a will there is a way! This elephant youngster was spotted close to the Pafuri Picnic Spot ( 23rd of Jan 2019 ) in the Northern Park of Kruger National Park. This was a very sad sight at first but soon after spotting the strange looking animal, we saw it is coping very well actually.
First thing going through one's mind is how will the poor animal eat and drink? What happened to the trunk? There are many possible scenarios speculations, maybe a crocodile got hold of the trunk when it was a baby perhaps, or the worst it might have been a poacher's snare... One can only speculate.
As the image shows clearly the youngster has no problem going down and eating grass like a cow. Also drinking water will be no problem as it can walk into the water and drink.
Obviously it takes more effort and with the tusk growing that might cause feeding problems later in life. But for now the animals seem to be in good health and does have the protection of the breeding herd and fits in normally.
But in reserves like Kruger National Park nature will take its course and the management will not interfere. Good luck to this strong character of the African bush and hope to see it sometime in the future again.