Cartoon, the elephant found the best way to relieve an itch was to rub her entire body against a tree.
The 58-year-old Asian elephant scratched thick mud off her arms and legs before giving her head a good rub against a branch in a heartwarming video.
Fiona Hardie shot the footage at the new Samui Elephant Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Southern Thailand.
Cartoon lifts her front left leg to scratch her armpit before sliding her whole body down the tree to get at her back leg.
She gives her leg a scratch before turning around to start rubbing behind her right ear.
Clearly enjoying herself with her mouth hanging open, she scratches her head up and down.
She then walks towards the camera, rubbing her head against a branch while scratching her back leg at the same time.
‘I believe elephants have the presence of mind to understand their situation. I love that she can just be an elephant, just how it should be.’
The cartoon was rescued from a working life giving rides to tourists and will live out her retirement in comfort at the Sanctuary, with Asian elephants capable of living to 80 years of age.
Fiona runs the social media platform Elephant Stories with Fiona, a Facebook page ‘dedicated to the love of elephants as sentient beings.
She said: ‘I love this video. It gives me the opportunity to witness natural behavior by observing them, for example, watching them scratch.
‘Every elephant has a story. I love to share this in the hope we can all understand more about these sentient animals.’