Join Alison in August, 2007 as she works with the Painted Dogs Conservation project and studies Painted Dogs in-situ at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Find out more...
Alison Nicholls African Wildlife and Landscapes in Watercolor
Flag Expedition Video on Animal Planet
During her Flag Expedition "Painting the Painted Dogs" Alison took video of an elephant calf being rescued from a drinking trough. The calf had somehow fallen into the narrow trough and was stuck upside down with its feet waving in the air. Alison had been at the waterhole earlier in the day with Jealous, the Painted Dog Conservation tracker so they knew the calf could not have been stuck there for long. The question in their minds was 'where is mother?'. There were no elephants nearby so Jealous called Peter Blinston, the PDC project manager. Peter attached a towrope around the calf's front legs and successfully pulled it free. Luckily it was uninjured and immediately ran towards the other elephants who had just arrived to drink at the waterhole. Although Alison & Jealous remained for another 2 hours, the youngster did not appear to find its mother and eventually left the waterhole following another herd. You can watch the full video from the AFC Flag Expedition page and can see the episode of "Untamed & Uncut" on September 1st at 1pm on the Animal Planet channel.
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