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Michelle Obama, on safari, sees elephant

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the 40th anniversary of the national partnership for women and families in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the 40th anniversary of the national partnership for women and families in Washington, DC, on June 9, 2011. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo

GABORONE, Botswana, June 25 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters Saturday came into close view of an elephant during a safari in South Africa.

Obama, her mother and her daughters, Sasha, 12, and Malia, 10, and a teenage nephew and niece were traveling down a bumpy one-lane road in their open-air Toyota Land Cruiser in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve in search of the continent's "Big 5" land animals: elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, lion and leopard.

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The group was enjoying the sunny but chilly conditions when they encountered the elephant at a pre-arranged stopping-off point, a White House pool report said.

However, the animal took off out of camera range before anyone could capture it on film.

"Kristina, the press scared the elephant away," Obama told her communications director, Kristina Schake, drawing laughter from the press pool.

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