Elephant with giant tusks weighing 200lb covers itself with dust to cool off

AN ageing elephant with giant tusks each weighing 100lb covers itself with dust to cool off — but constantly feels the heat.

The 50-year-old beast, named Craig, is protected from poachers and hunters 24 hours a day by a band of Masai warriors.

Elephant Craig has giant tusks each weighing 100lb

Elephant Craig has giant tusks each weighing 100lbKrediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa
Craig, 50, is protected from poachers and hunters 24 hours a day by a band of Masai warriors

Craig, 50, is protected from poachers and hunters 24 hours a day by a band of Masai warriors
Craig is thought to be one of only 20 'super-tuskers' alive today

Craig is thought to be one of only 20 ‘super-tuskersalive todayKrediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa

Die African Savanna elephant is thought to be one of only 20 “super-tuskers” alive today.

Pro photographer Clint Ralph, 59, took the snaps at Amboseli National Park, Kenia, where Craig roams freely in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Hy het gesê: “I travelled here specifically to photograph Craig in his twilight years.

“It was emotional to be so close to such a legend in our time.”

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Twee jaar gelede, Craig’s friend and fellow super-tusker Tim died of natural causes at Amboseli.

His body was preserved for education purposes — and to stop poachers from selling his huge tusks on the black market.

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The heaviest tusks on record were from a bull shot in Kenia in 1897.

The 465lb pair are on display at London’s Natural History Museum.

Pro photographer Clint Ralph took the snaps at Amboseli National Park, Kenia

Pro photographer Clint Ralph took the snaps at Amboseli National Park, KeniaKrediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa
Hy het gesê: 'I travelled here specifically to photograph Craig in his twilight years'

Hy het gesê: ‘I travelled here specifically to photograph Craig in his twilight yearsKrediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa
Hy het bygevoeg: 'It was emotional to be so close to such a legend in our time'

Hy het bygevoeg: ‘It was emotional to be so close to such a legend in our timeKrediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa
The heaviest tusks on record weigh 465lb and were from a bull shot in Kenya in 1897

The heaviest tusks on record weigh 465lb and were from a bull shot in Kenya in 1897Krediet: mediadrumimages/@clintralph_sa