Elodie, shown here in the background, is a 16-year-old adolescent who has always been a rule breaker.
As an infant, she had a habit of wandering off across the Bai, distressing her inexperienced mother and ignoring urgent “come back here” rumbles.
Then she developed an even more disconcerting quirk: hopping into dry mineral holes beside astonished adult males. (Females are usually relegated to pools, where they suck up less concentrated minerals from the muddy water.)
“That’s risky,” says Turkalo. “These big bulls can kill you.” But Elodie’s youthful impertinence has so far gone unpunished. “I’ve never seen any bull harm her. They may push her a little bit, but they don’t get violent.”