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Photographer caught an African elephant rolling around in the mud

This elephant is proving that you are never too big to bounce in the mud as it tries to pull its whole body.

He doesn’t let his 13ft height get in the way as he rolls around and plays happily in the mad bath – as an African photographer captured the incredible scenes in a game reserve in the South Phishing with a camera.

The full-grown bull used his full weight to create massive splashes almost as large as him in order to completely cover himself.

But it’s not just fun. Elephants use mud to cool their skin and protect them from parasites and their skin from the strong UV rays of the hot sun.

Photographer Anette Mossbacher said the elephant spent about half an hour languishing in the mud before wiping his ears and eyes with his trunk.

The 52-year-old man, from Germany but living in Bergdietikon, Switzerland, spotted two male elephants approaching the mud holes in Madikwe and decided to follow them.

She said: ‘It was fun to watch this elephant enjoy his mud bath.

‘When I saw him enjoying it, I thought if he weren’t so big I could join in. When it’s good for the elephant, it can also be for us humans.

‘There were large jets of water almost as tall as his body. He splashed with all four of his legs, one after the other to cover his tummy as much as possible.

‘The elephant was making a bit of noise but he was busier with mud all over his body.

‘The elephant looked so happy and it even has a smile on his face, or at least we can call it that!

‘After stopping, he suddenly realized that we were following him there and he charged us to go a few meters, but instead he decided to walk up to his friend, who was still bathing – sad behind the bushes and out of sight.’

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

‘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’
‘He was sinking into the mud bath, first lying down for a little while and just moving his head sideways a few times’
‘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 clean the mud from his ears and eyes with his trunk’
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
‘When standing he had another go with all four legs splashing more mud onto his body’
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
‘There were about five mud holes in this area, which are used by elephants and rhinos’
‘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’
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
‘There were about five mud holes in this area, which are used by elephants and rhinos’
‘When standing he had another go with all four legs splashing more mud onto his body’
‘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’

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