Elephants protect themselves from the harsh sun with thick layers of mud

These health-conscious elephants were discovered at a waterhole covering themselves in thick white mud to protect themselves from harsh UV rays – just like human suncream.

From Windhoek, Namibia, wildlife photographer and artist Anja Denker captured the group of elephants on camera in Etosha National Park during a recent trip.

The elephants look almost white as they plaster their bodies in mud as a way of taking care of their skin and protecting themselves from the harsh sun.

Anja, 50, said: “I have been photographing Etosha’s so-called ‘white’ elephants for several years now.

“They always make great subjects to photograph due to their impressive size and white color.

“I have witnessed a few interactions with them now as they dip themselves and other animals in the water at different waterholes and have fun covering themselves with white mud.

“There is always a thrill when you really get close to them on the road or when they pass your car very closely.

“Their sheer size is intimidating, but they’re always light and I’ve never had a problem being in their presence.”

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