We all know elephants love water, and safari-goer Sue Brown witnessed some ellies floating down the Zambezi River while using their trunks as snorkels.
‘We watched in absolute awe at this herd of elephants drifted along in the current of Zambezi River – reaching their island destination. Our guide Vusa told us in 30 years he had not witnessed this wonderful spectacle,’ Brown said.
A study done by Australian scientists showed that elephants probably had an aquatic ancestor, and elephants today still use their trunks to breathe when they enter deep water.
‘Like most other mammals, elephants are natural-born swimmers. They can swim completely submerged underwater, using their trunks to breathe with a built-in snorkel, elephants can swim for hours without stopping. If they do get tired, the elephants’ massive bodies allow them to easily float and rest—it’s nearly impossible for them to drown,’ Brown added.
Take a look at the video shared on Facebook page Africa, this is why I live here: