Spuit en speel: Adorable moment seven-month-old elephant splashes around in a tub as keeper hoses him down
This is the heartwarming moment a baby elephant splashed around in a tub of water while taking a refreshing shower in Thailand.
Footage captured in the Kanchanaburi province, which sits west of Bangkok, shows seven-month-old Choojai try to squeeze into a tub as his keeper hoses him down on September 15.
The Asian elephant submerges his head into the water before coming back up for air and flopping his trunk over the edge of the tub.
The seven-month-old elephant squeezes into the tub of water in the Kanchanaburi province, Thailand
The animal stretches his leg and flops his trunk over the edge of the tub as he enjoys the cool water
He splashes around in the tub and flaps his ears, causing floods of water to pour over the edges.
The animal then lays down in the cool water before sitting back up.
He then stands up inside the tub as his keeper continues to direct the stream of water at him.
The Asian Elephant, which is classified as an endangered species, is the world’s largest land mammal and has three subspecies – the Indian, Sumatran and Sri Lankan.
The elephant sits up in the tub and continues to splash around in the cool refreshing water
Choojai then stands up inside the tub as his keeper continues to hose him down with water
They are typically smaller than the African elephant and their skin ranges from dark grey to brown, with patches of pink on the forehead, the ears and the base of the trunk.
During the summer months, hairless mammals such as elephants and rhinos will use water baths, mud and clay to stay cool and protect them from the sun.
In 2018, scientists at Switzerland’s University of Geneva also discovered that the deep wrinkles on an elephant’s skin allowed water to spread easily and helped lower the animal’s body temperature.