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‘Stealth operation in action’: Elephant caught climbing 5-foot high wall for mangoes

A middle-aged male bull elephant was climbing a five-foot wall in a bid to find wild mangoes. The hunt was unsuccessful, the animal had a look round the site and ate dome grass before returning the same way he came in.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 15, 2020 2:51:31 pm
Elephant climbing wall, Elephant climbs wall in search of mangoes, Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, Trending, Indian Express news The male bull elephant was caught hitching its legs over the wall in a coordinated manner to find wild mangoes.

An elephant in Zambia was caught climbing a five-feet wall in search of wild mangoes and the video is making the rounds of the internet. Though the elephant’s attempt was unsuccessful since mangoes were not in season, there were several pictures and videos that showed the climbing the wall much like a human would.

According to reports, guests at Zambia’s Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park had gone for an afternoon safari when the bull elephant decided to look for some mangoes.

“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,” Ian Salisbury, general manager at the park told Daily Mail.

Watch the video here:

The lodge reportedly has an open area that often attracts several elephants during early winter. Though the herd usually takes a path to reach the area, this particular pachyderm was clearly taking a shortcut.

Take a look at how people who came across the video reacted:

According to Salisbury, the elephant stretched over, had a look around, ate a bit of grass and then strangely turned around and came back the same way without the mangoes.

Though it was strange for an elephant to climb over such a high wall, Salisbury said it was pretty impressive how the mammal coordinated all its legs to climb the wall.

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