These astonishing photos show a herd of wild elephants cooling off and drinking water at a swimming pool in sultry 38°C.
The incredible photos were taken by Paul Andrew Schofield, 34, at the Bukela Game lodge in the Amakhala Game Reserve, South Africa.
After working in the lodge for ten years, the elephants now trust Paul enough to bring their calves to the pool.
And let him take astounding images – including a giant baby elephant emerging from the bushes to enjoy the cool pool waters.
He explained: “I felt pretty emotional that the cattle felt safe enough to bring the young animals to the pool when I was there. Usually, they were very protective and would keep the young animals out of trouble and any strange shape or creature.
“They enjoy entirely the refreshing because of the good 38°C; I feel they feel quite safe and very comfortable drinking with my presence right there, almost to the point that they think I allowed them to do so.
“I love every minute of the behavior they show, play hard and excited is what I go through while lying on the opposite side of the pool.”
Before Paul started working with elephants, their behavior was very different.
The elephants are spotted at the motel every three to four days, enjoying the water from the pool.
The swimming pool is said to be their best water source in the area.
A giant baby elephant emerged from the bushes to enjoy the cool water in the pool.
He said: “I have been working closely with this herd over the past decade because they have misbehaved around guesthouses and guests.
“Not life-threatening, just quite destructive due to their large proportions.
“I conveyed social cues and set boundaries for the herd, just by being present and respectfully communicating our boundaries.
“Especially around the pools, I made sure I would stay around when they were there, to educate our guests but also to interact with the herd and show them when and how to drink. Safe water from the pool. ”
Incredibly, the elephants are spotted at the motel every three to four days, enjoying the pool’s water, arguably the best in the area.
“Chlorine doesn’t harm the elephants in any way,” said Paul.
“Initially, they have a flawed digestive system and need a reasonable amount of water daily.
“So any unnatural solution in the pool water essentially passes through its system without being absorbed.”