On one evening inside the Yala national park, we ran in to a mini traffic jam, where all the safari vehicles were stopped. We were told it was because of “Gemunu”, the lone tusker who was notorious for demanding food from passing vehicles.

We had seen Gemunu in our previous visits to Yala. Our safari driver told us that a few months earlier, he had gotten in to a fight with another elephant and had lost one of his tusks. While we were watching Gemunu feeding himself from the tree branches, all of a sudden, he started coming towards our vehicle and we sped off. He chased us for a small distance, gave it up and went to another vehicle looking for food.
(Yala National Park; May 2018)

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