Female elephants shattered their pelvis when the male attempted to mate with them, perished because they were unable to stand up to locate food, and were consumed by hyenas and vultures.
Workers of the Londolozi private reserve in South Africa anticipate that the carcass of the juvenile elephant would attract scavengers who will feast for some time. "I believe we will have 4-5 days to observe an intriguing scene. Nevertheless, I overestimated," James Tyrrell, a guard at the reserve, was reported as saying by Earth Touch News. In about thirty-six hours, the hyenas and vultures reduced the body to a skeleton. When Tyrrell arrived at the body the following morning, the hyenas had already consumed a considerable portion of meat.
According to Tyrrell, despite their reputation as vicious scavengers, hyenas are not as aggressive as lions. Occasionally, several meat bits fly away as they tear the tasty portions.
Tyrrell stated, "I wouldn't say hyenas are lovely, but in the golden light of the setting sun they surely appear more attractive."
When the hyenas have gorged themselves on the stomach's ample meat, the vulture takes its turn. Tyrrell stated that there are perhaps 200 white-backed vultures, hat vultures, white-headed vultures, and even a Cape vulture.
Vultures consume more efficiently by methodically pecking at each piece of meat, whereas hyenas are preoccupied with breaking enormous chunks of meat apart.
As a hyena approached the corpse, the vultures dispersed.
By the following morning, only the head, ribcage, and scattered pieces of flesh remained of the corpse. The photograph was taken less than thirty-six hours after the body was discovered. The hyena in the photograph is utilizing the femur joint.
Tyrrell hypothesized that the death of the juvenile elephant was the result of an attack by another male elephant, but lions occasionally try their luck with large prey. The elephant's cause of death was not determined until the carcass was scavenged by hyenas and vultures, showing a fractured pelvis. According to Tyrrell, the elephant was probably hurt when a giant male elephant attempted to mate with it. Incapable of standing, it starved to death.