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.
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:
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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