Elephant Clambers Over 5ft Wall In Bid To Steal Mangoes From Safari Lodge Tree

A particularly agile elephant was caught on camera climbing over a five-foot wall in a bizarrely human way to swipe mangos from a safari lodge.

After guests of Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, left for an afternoon safari on Saturday, a particularly agile elephant stopped by for a snack.

The general manager of the lodge, Ian Salisbury, spotted the adult male bull elephant calculating how to maneuver its giant legs over the stone wall without wiping out.

Ian snapped some hilarious pictures of the elephant hitching its legs over the wall in the same manner a human might traverse an obstacle course.

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In the center of the lodge is an open space which often attracts elephants in the early winter. Typically, the herd chooses to walk down the stoned pathway instead of climbing over the wall.

However, this elephant took the path less traveled. I’d imagine the parkour fad has finally hit the animal kingdom.

Ian adds some context to the story:

He was obviously quite hungry and expected to get some wild mangos for himself, though there aren’t any left now. That’s all done with for the year.

He came and stretched over, had a look around, ate a bit of grass, then strangely turned round and came back the same way, which was quite amusing. His easiest way of getting there was to climb over this high wall. It’s really unusual behavior for an elephant, to climb so high.

It was impressive he could coordinate his four legs to get over the wall because the elephant was quite a major bull, maybe around 30, so middle-aged.

The elephant did it all for some mangoes. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Due to the recent wet weather, Iab believes the lone elephant may have been encouraged to take a detour to avoid floods.

He explained, “Elephants tend to wander around quite big distances and depending on the availability of food, they’ll turn up in certain areas.

It has been quite dry then over the last week or so, we had huge amounts of rain that almost caused a flood. Whether that encouraged him to have a look around, I’m not sure.”

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