Caught on Camera: Giant Elephant Relishes Mud Bath in South Africa!

An African elephant demonstrates that size doesn’t matter when enjoying a romp in the mud, as captured by a photographer in a South African game reserve.

The adult bull, standing 13 feet tall, didn’t allow his impressive stature to hinder his delight, rolling around and creating enormous splashes in an attempt to cover himself entirely in mud.

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‘The elephant first started splashing with his legs in the water; this was probably to get more mud in the water and loosen some more ground for his mud bath.’ Source: Daily Mail

Mud baths are more than just a playful pastime for elephants, as they cool their skin, protect them from parasites, and shield them from the sun’s harsh UV rays.

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Photographer Anette Mossbacher, a 52-year-old German living in Bergdietikon, Switzerland, observed the elephant indulging in the muddy activity for about 30 minutes before using its trunk to clean its ears and eyes.

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‘He was sinking into the mud bath, first lying down for a little while and just moving his head sideways a few times.’ Source: Daily Mail

Mossbacher decided to follow the two male elephants she spotted heading toward the mud holes in Madikwe. She recounted her experience: “It was so much fun to watch this elephant enjoying his mud bath.”

She even imagined joining the elephant in the mud, wondering if the activity might benefit humans too.

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The elephant created enormous splashes, nearly as high as its body, using all four legs to cover as much of its stomach as possible.

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‘Then he started lifting his two front legs to roll nearly over to the other side and back – the back needed to be covered too, of course.’ Source: Daily Mail

Although the creature made some mumbling noises, it appeared pretty content, even appearing to smile.

Upon finishing the mud bath, the elephant noticed the onlookers and briefly charged before deciding to join its companion, who was still bathing behind bushes and out of sight.

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‘He was sinking into the mud bath, first lying down for a little while and just moving his head sideways a few times.’ Source: Daily Mail
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‘After this, he just ‘sat’ in the mud and seemed to enjoy it; he played a bit with his trunk in the mud, then stood up again and cleaned the mud from his ears and eyes with his trunk.’ Source: Daily Mail
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He doesn’t let his 13ft height get in the way as he rolls and plays joyously in the mad bath – as a photographer in Africa captured the incredible scenes in a South African game reserve on camera. Source: Daily Mail
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‘When standing, he had another go with all four legs splashing more mud onto his body.’ Source: Daily Mail
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He doesn’t let his 13ft height get in the way as he rolls and plays joyously in the mad bath – as a photographer in Africa captured the incredible scenes in a South African game reserve on camera. Source: Daily Mail
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‘There were about five mud holes in this area, which elephants and rhinos use.’ Source: Daily Mail
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‘After he stopped, he suddenly realized that we were there watching him, and he charged us for a few meters but decided to walk over to his buddy instead, who was still enjoying his bath – sadly behind the bushes and out of sight. Source: Daily Mail
Photographer Catches African Elephant Enjoying A Good Roll In The Mud
It’s more than just fun – elephants use the mud to cool their skin and to protect themselves from parasites and their skin from the hot sun’s UV rays. Source: Daily Mail
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‘There were about five mud holes in this area, which elephants and rhinos use.’ Source: Daily Mail
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‘When standing, he had another go with all four legs splashing more mud onto his body.’ Source: Daily Mail
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‘After he stopped, he suddenly realized that we were there watching him, and he charged us for a few meters but decided to walk over to his buddy instead, who was still enjoying his bath – sadly behind the bushes and out of sight. Source: Daily Mail

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