Elephant wrapped round a tree
Here are a couple of my favourite photos. I shot this Elephant at close range as he was closing fast, with serious intent. The first shot stopped him but missed the brain, the second put him down. This took place on top of a fairly steep slope; the Elephant slid and rolled down the hill and came to a stop half-way down, front legs hanging down one side of a tree, back legs hanging down the other.
Word spread quickly and within an hour or so the locals started arriving, armed with knives and axes etc, to cut up the carcass for meat. However, before this could start we needed to get the beast down to the bottom of the hill. There was a discussion about how to deal with the situation.
I then watched what I think must have been the most dangerous job in the world. One of the locals got the task of standing down-slope and chopping down the tree so the Elephant would be free to roll all the way down. Imagine, it's bad enough knowing that a tree is going to fall on you, but a tree falling on you, followed by an Elephant falling on you is enough to test anyone. Boy did he have to move fast when the tree started to go!