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<b>Elephants 'free captive antelope'</b><br><br><i>By Christopher Munnion in Johannesburg<br><br>
(Filed: 09/04/2003)</i><br><br><br><br><br><br>
South African conservationists are baffled by the behaviour of a herd of elephants which appeared to raid an enclosure on a private game reserve "deliberately" to release a group of antelope captured by rangers as part of a relocation and breeding programme.<br><br><br><br>
Lawrence Anthony said his capture team thought the elephants in the Thula Thula reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal were approaching the enclosure to share the bales of lucerne being fed to the captive antelope.<br><br><br><br>
"The herd circled the fence and then the matriarch moved to the gate and very carefully and deliberately undid all the gate's metal latches with her trunk and pushed it open."<br><br><br><br>
He added: "The antelope took their chance and dashed back into the bush followed by the elephants, who did not give the food a second glance."<br><br><br><br>
Mr Anthony said the antelope would be recaptured as they were part of an important conservation programme.<br><br><br><br>
"It will be a difficult few days work, but it will have been worthwhile just to watch this amazing example of animal behaviour and interaction between species," he said.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/04/09/welep09.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/04/09/ixworld.html" target="_blank">www.telegraph.co.uk/news</a>
 

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Wow, that's amazing! I knew elephants were particularly intelligent and emotional animals, but I had no idea! That's just... woah <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 
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