Elephant and Lionesses-3rd Image: A bull, already irritable from thirst, decides he doesn't want the big cats around, and so he chases them off. The other elephants paid the lionesses no heed. I was impressed with how slowly the lionesses struggled to their feet to comply with a bull elephant. [Chobe NP, Savuti, Botswana].
The lionesses' arrival has scared off the jackel, hyenas, and birds, but the bull Elephants, in the absence of baby elephants, feel no threat--although they do have a natural dislike of the big cats! See the next 3 images to see the elephants' reaction to the lionesses presence. [Chobe NP, Savuti, Botswana].
Here we see a second species, Spotted Hyenas, arriving and hoping to get a drink. They don't stay very long--not that it would have done them any good, because the Elephants are very thirsty and not inclined to let anything drink before them. Note that the bulls are paying close attention to the hyenas, which they hate, because they are serious predators of the elephant young. (See subsequent images of an adult elephant with amputated trunk). [Chobe NP, Savuti, Botswana].