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    This Asiatic elephant image was captured in bandipur tiger reserve. Please mark this behaviour carefully. People may think that the elephant is peacefully standing without making a noise and has raised its foot to scratch itself or something like that. However, this is the sign of an imminent charge. When ever it raises its foreleg and stands in this pose, it is preparing to charge. Soon after this image was taken it charged at us. I have seen this behaviour many times and have captured still images as well as filmed it.

    I had first read about this behaviour in my child hood days (Shri Gadadhar Ray in his book Danta Hatira pratihinsha in oriya). Then later on observed this several times. People trekking may find it very useful as you can't outrun an elephant.

    Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, ISO 800, 1/250, EV: +1/3, f6.3, full frame image.

    Cheers,
    Sabyasachi
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