We were camping the other night and were suddenly awoke to some very deep breathing and chomping of food – no it wasn’t Han having a midnight night feast, it was an elephant, less than a meter from our heads – unbelievable! Actually it was very believable. The tent was showered by sticks as he literally ate the trees around us. Isla then woke up and proceeded to tell me she needed a poo (funnily enough, a thought that was running through my mind right at that moment too!) I explained that we couldn’t leave the tent which was adding to my nervous state. We were literally trapped inside at one point as the beast stood outside the front of our tent, with the moon casting a huge shadow of his tusks and trunk! I was hoping that it was the light playing tricks and that it was a small lost calf but no….as I peeked through our tent window it was an elephant that stood about 8 feet tall. That is when my legs actually started to shake! I thought that only happened in cartoons. Unsure I went back to my sleeping bag; maybe subconsciously I thought that if I put my head under the covers everything would go away. At this point Han, annoyed by being woken, suggested that I ‘shoo’ it away! Now I’m all up for the odd risk now and again but wasn’t quite sure on how exactly I would ‘shoo’ away this beast!! I suggested that if Han was bothered by the noise that she put her ear plugs in and leave me to worry about our lives! The only thing I was able to muster up was pulling the mattresses back a little away from the edge of the tent and praying!
After bashing up the wooden table outside, he walked off! God has answered many of my prayers but that is one that I’m sure not to forget quickly. After getting my heart rate back under 200 beats per min, I dropped off to sleep only to be woken at 5am with the same terrifying noise of one hungry elephant munching on tree. Once again he moved around the tent with a nimbleness that was quite impressive. He didn’t once touch the guy ropes – Something I have never mastered in all my days of camping! In the morning, I noticed the sign in the photo. Am guessing that has something to do with that tree being a favourite dish for our newly found big eared friend! The other photo is the girls standing in one of his footprints.
Sleep well all and don’t forget to check under you beds tonight for any elephants!
Love Sam xx