An agile Lancashire elephant was seen scrambling over a five-foot wall in an attempt to get a taste of mangoes from his safari lodge.
In a particularly hilarious moment, an agile Lancashire elephant was seen scrambling over a five-foot wall in an attempt to get a taste of mangoes from his safari lodge. According to a report by Daily Mail, the "amazing" incident unfolded on Saturday afternoon when the guests of Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, had just begun their afternoon safari drive. The owner of the lodge, Ian Salisbury, was the one who spotted the bull elephant attentively calculating how to get all his four giant legs across the stone wall without falling over.
A jumbo job: Elephant carefully clambers over 5ft wall in attempt to steal mangoes from a safari lodge tree. 😂❤️🐘https://t.co/YWMf9xcipk— Xpose Trophy Hunting (@XposeTrophyHunt) 11 January 2020
Hilarious pictures captured by 68-year-old Salisbury show the adult male extending its legs over the wall in a way similar to how a human would cross the obstacle. Once it secured its place inside the camp, it wandered around the area hunting for the juicy fruits. The managing director of The Bushcamp Company and the owner of the lodge, Andy Hogg, took this opportunity to capture its brief but futile efforts to get its trunk on the fruits. However, this unexpected visitor began his hunt for mangoes a little too late as they were already out of season.
Speaking about the elephant's chosen route, Salisbury who is originally from Bacup, Lancs, said, "He just chose the most direct route and made himself right at home." He explained how excited his guests were at the very idea of the animal trying to climb over a wall of such height. "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 added.
Brilliant pics, very comical, looks like he will do anything at the thought of mangoes! Next-Everest!! 😅😅🐘🐘— Mo Shone (@TaylorShone) 11 January 2020
"They were out on a safari drive in the National Park at the time, so we're sorry to have missed seeing it [in person]," said Salisbury. Apparently, the lodge has an open, central foyer area that often draws the attention of a family of elephants in the early winter. But even during that time, the herd chooses a stoned pathway rather than taking the direct route of the 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," explained Salisbury.
So nice to see him happy in his natural environment doing what elephants do (I suppose climbing in order to get mangoes😅😍). But this makes my heart break even more when I think about how much abuse they endure.— Tara (@Tara_Homsey) 12 January 2020
"He was obviously quite hungry and expected to get some wild mangoes for himself, though there aren't any left now. That's all done with for the year," he added. Providing a brief account of the elephant's behavior, Salisbury said, "He came and stretched over, had a look around, ate a bit of grass, then strangely turned around and came back the same way, which was quite amusing." When asked why the whole situation managed to amuse everyone, he said, "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."
Awwww something nice for a change its refreshing.What a clever boy.— Phoenix75 (@Phoenix7515) 12 January 2020
"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," he added. Due to the ongoing unusual wet climatic conditions, the elephant is believed to have taken this detour to avoid floods. "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," concluded Salisbury.
Please whoever is in charge, give him some mangoes. We all like a treat.— E.Vilana (@vilacosc) 11 January 2020