While the African elephant lives nearly 6,000 miles away from Scotland, one playful pachyderm in Botswana seemed to have taken a cue from the Loch Ness Monster.
The elephant was photographed frolicking in a river, raising its trunk above the water like the legendary Nessie in the famous 1934 photo.
Although the elephant’s head and tusks soon surfaced, revealing its identity, the image reminded many of the 1934 sightings by Dr. Kenneth Wilson. Wilson claimed to have seen and photographed Nessie while observing Loch Ness.
The elephant, seeking relief from the scorching African sun, cooled off in the Chobe River, splashing with other elephants before fully submerging and using its trunk as a snorkel. French photographers Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution captured the delightful scene.
According to Haution, the elephant bathed for about 20 minutes, playfully tossing itself around like a young calf.
Botswana is known for having the largest elephant population in Africa, with the Chobe River supporting up to 50,000 elephants during the dry season when water sources in the hinterland have dried up.
The area’s remoteness and strict anti-poaching measures have allowed the elephant population in Botswana to thrive.