As the rain fell this morning over Taronga, our female elephant herd chose to take to their moats and waterfalls. All four females with nine month old Luk Chai and seven week old Pathi Harn took a dip in the paddock's pools.
Group swim for Luk Chai and the girls. Photo by Ben Gibson
The elephants and their calves really enjoy the pools which are still quite warm. There were squirts from trunks, scrambling on top of each other and even complete submersions with only a trunk popping up like a snorkel to take another breath of air.
Pathi Harn seemed to enjoy running from the waters edge into pool before rolling on to his side, only to get back up and do it all over again. Luk Chai on the other hand is a veteran at swimming now and heads straight into the deep end of the top paddocks moat with mother, Porntip, and Aunt, Tang Mo, making a game out of trying to climb on to their backs.