Elephant Mud Bath

There are always surprises that await you in the bush. One such instance happened when we were watching two male elephants walking alongside a dam and stopping to drink, as one would expect them to do. We were in a good position to view them when they had found a small area of water secluded from the main dam. They stirred up the mud to create (quite apart from a mess all around!) a muddy pool where they then began to wallow. To our amazement, apart from just wallowing, these giant animals then started literally playing in the mud. They seemed more like children than massive beasts that could potentially charge at any second. While they were wary of us, they weren’t particularly bothered by our presence and we could all relax and enjoy this joyful sight. It shows how even these massive animals just like to have fun occasionally.