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Baby elephant wanders into South African living room

‘Tom’ the elephant wandered into the front room of a ranch in Zululand, South Africa
 A 10-day-old runaway baby elephant found herself in the front room of a ranch in Zululand, South Africa.

“Tom”, named after the ranch chef who found the elephant, is thought to have traversed 30 miles of nature reserve before ending up at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve last week.

Owner Francoise Malby Anthony and her colleagues gave the elephant food and water while rangers went out to find her mother, who coincidently had been rescued by Mrs Anthony’s husband Lawrence years before………

Snowy egrets (Egretta thula), at the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Rio Salado project is a literal oasis, just a few miles from the skyscrapers of downtown Phoenix. Much of the wetland habitat here relies on “nuisance” sources of supply, diverting runoff from stormwater outfalls to the streambed, and to a series of constructed ponds.  

In one of the wet spots I found a congregation of a dozen egrets and herons, all of which took flight as I walked by. They wheeled about a bit, then settled back to their wading and feeding.