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    This is a rescued elephant calf in Bandipur National Park. In India Elephants often come to the villages to raid crops. It was one such incident that made the villagers take drastic steps to drive away the herd. In the commotion this one month old calf was left behind, which was subsequently rescued by the forest department. Still wild by heart-the trauma reflects in its eyes. Elephants are much like humans, emotional and extremely intelligent.The shock was so hard that this calf didn't survive
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    Story 11

    What an interesting shallow depth of field to really show me this infants eye, the emotion is in her eye and the tragedy of her story. Please excuse, my accidentally double clicking on the like-heart symbol- my hand & computer are not in sync.

    Robin Schwartz
    Fine Art/Editorial Photographer
    16 comments
    Mps Siglos
    Mps Siglos

    Such a beautiful sad story.  May I  use this YourShot assignment credit for my blog at WordPress?

    Rajiv Mathew
    Rajiv Mathew

    "We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior." 

    -Graydon Carter


    @Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar - A truly beautiful, tender, heartbreaking image.

    Hung-Hsuan Chao
    Hung-Hsuan Chao

    Great story-telling image!  Its crystal eye shows the pure fear of human.

    Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar
    Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar

    Dear Everyone,


    Thanks for the appreciation. It truly means a lot. Yes, beyond the ambit of this photograph, it has been a moving experience to have encountered this facet of our nature.

    heather levingstone
    heather levingstone

    Sad story .....but such is the reality when humans venture into animal territory

    Duane Moore
    Duane Moore

    Excellent capture and story on the encroachment of the natural habitat of Elephants by the ever increasing human population in India.  I saw a documentary on this.  This image captures the terror this baby was subjected to and the torment it suffered at the loss of its family in a direct connection to the root cause of all loss of natural habitat and wild animal populations, I applaud your good work.  I hope an image like this or the one I submitted that shows the other side of the coin will be included in the "Animals We Love" assignment.

    Duane Moore
    Duane Moore

    Great story on the encroachment of natural habitat of Elephants by ever the ever increasing human population which is the root cause of all tragic destruction of the natural world as in the case here.  Thank you for posting this for others to see.  Excellent work Abhiroop.  I hope a photo like this will be included in the "Animals We Love" assignment.

    Rebecca Diepenheim
    Rebecca Diepenheim

    So, so sad. Your story made me cry. Such a beautiful photo though. At least you have a memory of this beautiful wee baby.

    Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar
    Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar

    @Ashley Brooks Sure Ashley...Please do share your email id, for me to be able to further communicate on the matter. 

    Regards,

    Abhiroop ( avirupgd@gmail.com) 

    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Sep 6, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2014
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D7000
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    ISO: 160
    Copyright: © Abhiroop Ghosh Dastidar
    Categories: Abstract, Animals, Nature
    Assignments: How Close Can You Get?, The Animals We Love, Embrace the Untamed