These are two different pictures taken minutes apart.
He was brown, alone, in the brush and not moving. We figured he had been rolling in the mud somewhere because all of the elephants we have seen in Addo before have definitely been grey. Sister Chase thought he was a stuffed elephant planted there because all the other "REAL" elephants left!!!! We kept driving and guess what??? It happened. I looked in the roadway and behold…a DUNG BEETLE !!!
When we were finished with our tour we had counted 68 “is beetles” (alive) and quite a few “was beetles” (dead)! Not bad for our last day at the Addo Elephant Park!!
After our dung beetle adventure, we stopped at the restaurant they have at the park and had a late lunch.
We returned to Port Alfred around 6 and stopped at Super Spar to get rolls we needed for the zone conference tomorrow and then went back to our boarding. The Chases left shortly after that to go back to Grahamstown.
Maybe about a half an hour later, we received a call from Sister Chase that they had been in an accident. She wasn’t sure where they were, except we knew they were on R67 which goes to Grahamstown. We told her we were on our way to get them. She was pretty shaken up but other than her hand, they were fine. They had actually gotten about half way to Grahamstown where as they started into a curve and Elder Chase lost control of the car. They were tossed around a lot and finally stopped nose first into a tree. A nice young man from a nearby farm heard the crash and came to see if he could help. He stayed with them the whole time they were there. I guess several people stopped before we got there but couldn’t help. On our way Rick called Brother Moore who is a police officer for Bathurst, which has jurisdiction where the accident occurred. Brother Moore called the officer on duty to make sure things were taken care of and that the Chases would be safe. They showed up not too long after we arrived. A tow truck from Port Alfred had also been called by a person who had stopped earlier. We brought the Chases back to our boarding and put them up for the night since we all had to be in East London on the next day. We called President Boyce to make him aware of all that had happened, as this area is his responsibility as first councilor in the mission presidency. The car was pretty badly damaged and not drivable at all.
What a day!!!