He walked over and laid his huge tusks on the hood and leaned against the bumper. I retreated into the Land Rover through the hatch and slid into the backseat. When I looked up, I saw his trunk slip through the still open hatch. The tip gently tapped my left shoulder and snuffled my neck. An earthy smell filled the vehicle, along with the warmth of his breath. Then he suddenly lifted his trunk and ambled off.
It was magic—a brief moment of connection with a glorious beast, but on the animal’s terms.
Nat Geo Editor-in-Chief Chris Johns Recalls ‘A Magical Moment’ He Shared With an African Elephant —PROOF
Shared on Feb 11, 2014