Ganesh

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Ganesh is in full musth and striding across the plains of Amboseli National Park in Kenya searching for females.  I am lying on the ground in front of him in order to get this low angle photograph.  This may seem a little short-sighted but I have worked with Ganesh many times and know him well.  Despite this it is clear that he is waving his huge ragged ears at me.  This is a sign of aggression and is typical of male elephants in musth.  They wave their ears in order to spread the scent from the temporal glands on the sides of their heads which exude a sticky substance called temporin.  Before he came too close I clambered back into the Land-Rover and got out of his way.   He did not skip a stride.