Hapoor translates to mean Bitten Ear. He was an old and powerful bull totally
in charge of his herd. Mr. and Mrs. Hapoor lived in the safe
Addo Elephant Park,
60 miles from my hometown. People
came from far and near to look and his herd and everybody knew who he
Over time, Mrs.
Hapoor developed a growth on her side which became large and
infected. The park rangers, in order to have her treated by
a vet, darted her with a tranquilizer.
As the drug took effect she
staggered and fell to the ground. Hapoor would not allow anyone near
her. He then inserted his mighty tusks deep into her side and into
her heart killing her. Had he assumed that she was dying? Maybe she
was and he knew that the thing on her side was deadly, who knows for
He stood over
her dead body and
trumpeted a sound as primeval as time's
beginning. Hapoor's grief was enough to tear apart the hardest
heart. It was the sound of the sorrow of the very soul of
the earth. That trumpet was heard 60 miles away. He stood guard over her body
for a long time.
never the same after that, the dominant spirit which had made
him a great leader of the herd had gone out of him.
It was all so long ago.