I’m no stick in the mud: Adorable moment baby elephant has such a good time in a mud bath he gets covered from trunk to toe

Elephant

This elephant’s mud bath got so messy that he almost became invisible.

The young bull was so pleased at getting to play and cool off in the searing sun that he covered himself completely from trunk to toe.

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As the bull carried on enjoying himself at the Kumana Dam in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, a group of puzzled impala watched on.

The pictures were taken by safari company founder Cara Pring from Sydney, Australia.

‘I found it amusing as it’s not all that often you see elephants lying down covered in mud,’ she said.

‘It’s almost as if he’s enjoying his own African spa session.’

The two elephants were walking in the Kruger National Park in the searing heat when they came across the watering hole 
The two elephants were walking in the Kruger National Park in the searing heat when they came across the watering hole

The watering hole is popular with elephants, impala, giraffes and baboons who all come to drink in the heat, said Cara Pring
The watering hole is popular with elephants, impala, giraffes and baboons who all come to drink in the heat, said Cara Pring

Despite the lack of water the young bull then decided to cool himself off in the mud, by rolling himself on his side 
Despite the lack of water the young bull then decided to cool himself off in the mud, by rolling himself on his side

As the bemused impala look on, the young elephant seems to lose himself in the cooling mud as the impala look on
As the bemused impala look on, the young elephant seems to lose himself in the cooling mud as the impala look on

According to Cara, the young bull 'is just so completely covered in mud and he really looks like he's in heaven'
According to Cara, the young bull ‘is just so completely covered in mud and he really looks like he’s in heaven’

'It's almost as if he's enjoying his own African spa session,' said Cara. The elephant eventually managed to drag himself away from the mud 
‘It’s almost as if he’s enjoying his own African spa session,’ said Cara. The elephant eventually managed to drag himself away from the mud