The Challenge....

April 8, 2011

We first watched this magnificient tusker cross the jeep path in the Kaziranga Central Range:

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And a little later, this Makana (tuskless male) came along in the long grass, also wanting to cross the path.

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Suddenly the tusker wheeled back and appeared at the edge of the path, challenging the Makana. We could see both of them regarding each other: face off 1 030411 They approached each other: faceoff 2 030411 With bated breath, we watched the encounter: faceoff 3 030411

But then, the confrontation ended abruptly, and they turned away from each other; the drama was at an end. They seemed to amble off fairly peacefully…

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And later, we saw them both near each other, apparently without any aggression!