Regular readers do not get excited for it hasn’t rained enough here to soak the ground, let alone form rivulets and mud. Yet, the thickest, darkest, stickiest mud I have seen for a long time was evident at the Ghwarrie waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park – where it hasn’t rained much either. Look at this family of elephants churning up the mud on the edge of the waterhole as they move forward to get to the clear water to drink.
One of them clearly desired a mud bath and spent some time squirting this thick, sloshy black mud over itself.
The results of this mud flinging can clearly be seen as they turn to move away from the water.
Some of the elephants looked as though they were wearing dark boots as they made their way along the edge of the waterhole to seek food further afield. Then I looked down at a strange dark object nearby.
On closer inspection I realised it was a terrapin!
This one had obviously decided not to burrow into the mud.