The palm nuts, the fruit of the palm tree, is a much coveted food item for many of the animal inhabitants of Africa, especially during the dry season, when grasses and shrubs are in low supply.
The noisiest palm nut forager has to be the elephant. You might not realise it, but the elephant is normally a very quiet animal; its padded feet make very little sound as it walks. It is a different story, however, when it goes after pine nuts. Palm nuts grow in clusters at the top of palm trees and even the elephant’s long and agile trunk cannot reach that high.
This is no deterrent though, at least not to a large elephant. He simply grabs the tree trunk with his own trunk and gives a mighty shake. The sound of the rumbling vibrations and cascading nuts can be heard from miles across the open countryside.
The large fellow above soon had a pile of nuts at his feet, and he wasn’t sharing with the smaller guy. He was happy to show the ropes to the adolescent under his tutelage, but not to share! The youngster tried to copy but just didn’t have the strength to move the large tree.