original elephant oil painting, 950 x 1220 mm (framed size), by award-winning Kenyan artist Karen Laurence-Rowe
When an elephant comes into Musth, he develops a whole different demeanour. His temporal glands weep, he dribbles urine as he walks and he adapts what can only be described as an ‘arsey’ gate! It’s wise to keep a wide berth, as an elephant in this condition can be quite unpredictable – just like this fellow who sauntered up to our car, stood an inch from the bonnet and flapped his ears as he glared down at us. Then with no further ado, he turned his back on us, tossed a trunk full of dirt over his back and headed for the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro.