In the swamps of Amboseli, Kenya, it was baffling how easily the world’s largest land mammal could slip from sight. If it weren’t for the ever-present egrets, bright white against the dark green of the foliage, there were times we would have missed the ellis altogether.
If was funny really, we’d be driving past a swamp and we’d see the egrets, proud and tall, their wings close against their sides inexplicably moving sideways as if on a very slow people mover. If you waited long enough, the tell-tale trunk would unfurl and you’d see the pachyderm below.
Best friends, the egret and the elephant are inseparable: the elephant graciously supplies the egret with a never-ending source of bugs on which to feast—not to mention a comfy ride—and the egret wholeheartedly embraces the task of ridding the elephant of its pests.
However, while the egret’s affections are open to any large animal with an infestation problem, the elephant prefers to keep its favor limited to the yellow-footed flier.
A little one-sided perhaps but elephants don’t seem to be the jealous type.