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Botswana elephants roll around in mud and spray each other with water [video]

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Bring your trunks! Elephants roll around in mud and spray each other with water in adorable footage filmed in Botswana

  • Elephants were playing in mud at Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana 
  • Local photographer and nature guide Aubrey Tseleng, 47, took the video
  • The animals lie in the water and then flick each other using their trunks 










This is the adorable moment elephants decided to play in a mud bath.

Footage filmed at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana by local photographer and nature guide Aubrey Tseleng shows the African elephants bathing in the muddy water. 

They lie down flat and then stand up to flick each other with the muddy water as they play in the reserve.  

In the footage, one of the elephants splashes loudly in the water as it has a bath.

It pauses momentarily to lie flat in the water while another elephant appears in shot.

One begins to stand up while the other lies down and eventually the two are stood together.

Then they use their trunks to splash water at each other as they frolic with the other elephants. 

One of the elephants at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana splashes loudly as it has a bath

For maximum relaxation, the elephant rolls over and submerges itself in the mud bath

An elephant at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana splashes loudly as it has a bath

Mr Tseleng, 47, said: ‘I’m privileged to work in a nature reserve, where I get to witness these incredible animals in their natural environments.

‘This particular herd of elephants played in the muddy water for over half an hour.

‘The elephants kick up the water to mix it with the soil and then roll around and spray themselves with the mud which helps cool them down.

‘As the mud dries and cakes over their skin, it creates a barrier for biting insects as well as suffocate parasites such as ticks.

‘I was thinking of how important it is for us to consider our impact on the planet, we must strive to conserve nature like this.’ 

It is then a frolic and fun fest in the mud bath as the elephants spray each other with water using their trunks

It is then a frolic and fun fest in the mud bath as the elephants spray each other with water using their trunks 

It’s not the first time elephants have been filmed playing and bathing in muddy water in Botswana.

Another heart-warming moment was caught on camera by photographer Janet Kleyn in September of a baby elephant struggling to  wriggle out of a mud pool in Botswana.

Safari tourists saw the herd of elephants as they were walking through the Mashatu Game Reserve.

Other elephants have to rescue the baby elephant as it gets stuck in the mud following its fun roll in the water. 

The cute baby elephant enjoys playing in the mud at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana in September

It gets stuck in the mud and has to be rescued by older elephants in the herd

The cute baby elephant enjoys playing in the mud at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana and was caught on camera by photographer Janet Kleyn in September 

Mashatu Game Reserve is privately owned land in the wilderness area known as the Northern Tuli Game Reserve.

It lies in the eastern part of Botswana where Limpopo and Shashe River converges. 

The landscape has wide open plains, grassland, riverine forests, rocky hills, marshland and sandstone ridges.   

Mashatu means ‘Land of the Giants’ and takes its name from the Mashatu or Nyala berry tree and the giants roaming its terrain.  

Mashatu Game Reserve houses scores of animals including the African elephants and offers drives for tourists around the area with experienced rangers

Mashatu Game Reserve houses scores of animals including the African elephants and offers drives for tourists around the area with experienced rangers

The green trees, found along the rivers in the reserve, provide refuse, shade and food to a large amount of wildlife.

The land is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in Southern Africa. 

It provides a sanctuary to the largest herds of elephant on privately owned land on the continent.  

There are also giraffes, antelopes, birds and ostriches among others which means the reserve houses Africa’s big seven land based giants. 

Mashatu is also home to more than 350 bird species including the lilac-breasted roller. 

Experienced rangers offer drives of the reserve for tourists to get up close and personal to the animals safely. 

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