Elephants are known as highly intelligent creatures, yet the massive mammals are not too famous for their agility. Well, at least that we knew! However, a recent footage shows the largest land animal on Earth could be quite nimble, too.
The tourists at the Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia have witnessed something incredible and so hilarious. An adult elephant has gently climbed over a 5ft wall to steal some mangoes from the safari lodge. Despite its fine moves, the giant’s visit hasn’t passed unnoticed.
“He just chose the most direct route and made himself right at home,” Ian Salisbury, general manager at Mfuwe Lodge told DailyMail. “The guests were very amused at the idea of a climbing elephant. They were in amazement that it would bother to climb over such a high wall. He was a stranger to us. He wanted to investigate. He wanted to get into the central area where this big mango tree grows.”
It is very common for elephants to visit the safari lodge trees in search for mangoes, but usually they choose a way around. Needless to mention the mangoes season is between October and December. Therefore, the unexpected visitor was a bit too late!
The elephant’s way to enter into the park spread amusement to all the guests. “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,” Ian said. “His easiest way of getting there was to climb over this high wall. It’s really unusual behaviour for an elephant to climb so high.”
Andy Hogg, managing director of The Bushcamp Company who owns the lodge, somehow managed to capture on camera the hilarious moment, so we can all watch the playful elephant!