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Steve Morvell Australian Wildlife Artist The challenge-African elephant bull. Charcoal pastel engraving painting drawing on board

‘The challenge-African elephant bull’'
Charcoal engraving on board.
$3900. 73 x 103cm
I paused to observe this assertive big male for a few minutes as he browsed along the riverbank opposite me. But when he eventually approached close enough to see me he stepped into the shallow stream and without hesitation came straight across…making a bee-line for my position.

He was not aggressive but he was telling me in no uncertain terms that I should return to my vehicle and leave his vicinity as soon as possible. Since he probably weighed 9 tonnes I figured it prudent to heed his advice!

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