A note from Bhunte’s creator:
When Science reaches to the common audiences in the form of art- worth understanding- it can do wonders!
Being a researcher working to understand the physiological manifestation, the stress response, in wild Asian elephants, I got a chance to closely observe these magnificent creatures in their abodes. It was one such wonderful field day in the pristine core of Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, India; when I saw a few months old baby calf playing with dry dung, trying to touch his ears with his tiny trunk and pulling the trunks of his elders in his herd. I was captivated by the innocence and cuteness, he had. I named him- Bhunte. The images of Bhunte got so imprinted in my mind, that when I reached my field base-camp in Bandipur, I made a cartoon of him. That was where-and-when Bhunte came into the existence; in the form of art. I am sharing some of my cartoons- clubbed with stories and facts.
So, here we go with some of my fantasies and Bhunte’s world of exploring wild and science…
Bhunte with his brother and mother
Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel (SSP)