Drive thru Safari

A few weekends ago, en route to a (relatively) nearby hill station called “Ooty”, we drove through Bandipur national park. It’s sort of like driving thru Yellowstone — nature is everywhere!

From the our car we saw these critters.
Monkeys (these are not indigenous — they follow the tourist all over India as far as I can tell. Like an invasive species…):
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Other Monkeys (these are the indigenous “jungle” monkeys):
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Deer:
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Boar (with babies):
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Peacocks (a wild peacock, sitting in a tree!):
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Trained elephants (when we asked C how to tell the difference between trained and wild elephants, he sagely responded, “The ones wearing bells are trained.”):
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Wild elephants (sans bells, but with babies!):
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We didn’t spot any tigers or leopards (although both are known to inhabit this park). All in all, a pretty good drive-thru safari!

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