Jumbo thirst! Elephant holds hose pipe like it’s a drinking straw as she guzzles water at Kenyan wildlife centre
- Lemeki, an orphaned elephant was rescued from a flood on the Mara River
- The elephant was brought to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya
- Lemeki enjoys drinking from a hosepipe used to create jumbo mud baths
A rescued elephant drinks water from a hosepipe in adorable footage shot at a wildlife centre in Kenya.
Lemeki, is an five-month-old orphaned calf growing up at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Neonate Nursery in the Tsavo Conservation Area, Nairobi.
She was rescued as a newborn in May after being swept down the raging Mara River during a flood.
Luckily, that experience hasn’t put her off water and she loves to wallow in the stuff and drink it through the hose used by staff to create mudbaths for the animals.
The footage shows her holding the hose in her trunk and using it like a drinking straw to guzzle water.
Lemeki has always gravitated towards it, often causing tug-of-war battles with her fellow orphans over who gets to drink from it.
Lemeki’s keepers said: ‘She is boisterous, noisy and a complete clown.
‘She loves attention, in fact she demands it, and her outsize personality engulfs everyone and everything in her path.’
Lemeki, an orphaned elephant has been raised by the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust at their Neonate Nursery in the Tsavo Conservation Area, Nairobi, Kenya
The elephant has developed a habit of drinking water from a hose used create mud baths
Some of the other elephants attempt to wrestle with Lemeki to grab the water hose from her
At this age, she is still completely reliant on her caregivers for milk, security and a nurturing presence.
But when she is older, Lemeki will be returned to the wild in a protected area.
To date, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – which is one of East Africa’s oldest conservation organisations – has successfully rescued more than 260 orphaned elephants.
Lemeki’s keepers said: ‘She is boisterous, noisy and a complete clown. She loves attention, in fact she demands it, and her outsize personality engulfs everyone and everything in her path’