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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
elephant crossing

Elephant families are incredibly protective of their young. In the Maasai Mara, wildebeest were queuing up to cross the Mara river a little way upstream. Crocodiles and Hippos floated lethargically waiting for the food to arrive. This herd of elephants took a while to assess the situation and crossed with the littlest ones holding on to the tails of their mothers.

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Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Kenya
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © latika nath