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Shaka the Adorable Baby Elephant Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route Western Cape.

The Knysna Elephant Park, owned by good friends Ian and Lizette Withers, is home to several elephants orphaned during culling operations in the Kruger National Park and elsewhere. A visit to this park to see the elephants is worth the effort. But Shaka, who was only acquired recently, will steal your heart away.

I first met Shaka at the park a few months ago under trying circumstances. I believe Ian introduced us in order to provide a distraction from the tragic circumstances with which we were faced. We spent the afternoon at their boma and, in the late afternoon, an elephant-minder brought Harry, their largest bull together with a baby elephant he had befriended called Shaka.

He is just like a 3-year-old human baby -- cute, demanding, brash and loud.  One minute he rushed around chasing the dogs. Next he let off a huge fart. Shortly thereafter he charged off to smell the air and establish where the other elephants were. Each time he rushed back to eat the peanuts, pellets etc on offer, opening his mouth wide so we were able to see his pink tongue.

There is no doubt that Ian succeeded in achieving his objective. Everyone was completely captivated by this beautiful little elephant. So when next in the area, make a special attempt to see him.

The Knysna Elephant Park is north of the N2 between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, which is on the N2 east of George, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N12. Alan McIver NFShaka

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Last update: 2014-06-05 20:43
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