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The kiss

Elephants are known to wrap their trunks around each other, much as humans shake hands or give a hug. They rub their bodies against each other to show affection.

The Kiss, by Peter Lowenstein.

The Kiss, by Peter Lowenstein.

On August 29, 2016, I photographed an affectionate moment between the two resident elephants in the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve near Mutare, Zimbabwe.

The elephants had just had a sand bath in a hollow, which they frequent quite often, and they appear to be giving each other a kiss!

Elephants are extremely sensitive and intelligent creatures. Such a pity that so many die prematurely as a result of ivory poaching.

These two are safe in the Cecil Kop Reserve which is managed by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.

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