Indian elephant falls flat on its face

Jumbo faceplant! Moment elephant dives trunk-first onto grass verge to give herself a mud mask

  • The Indian elephant was filmed in the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttrakhand
  • The elephant buried its head into the verge to rub its face in the mud
  • A tour guide told photographer Arpit Kooba the elephant was removing bugs  

This is the hilarious moment an elephant falls flat on its face while walking along the side of a road. 

The Indian elephant was filmed in the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttrakhand State. 

Photographer Arpit Kooba filmed the unusual behaviour as the elephant made up a mud mix with her trunk before rubbing it over her skin. 

Photographer Arbit Kooba, pictured, filmed a large female elephant walking along a road in the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttrakhand State

The elephant, pictured, turned sharply to the right for no apparent reason 

Moments later, the elephant was scraping its face along the muddy verge 

According to Kooba, the elephant was using the mud as an exfoliant to remove parasites from her skin. 

Kooba said  he had been following a group of four elephants including two females and two calves.

He said: ‘This female elephant was coming head on towards us normally and all of a sudden she went down, and we all were like “what just happened?”

‘The guides explained elephants use the morning dew to treat themselves for fly bites and parasite infection which are itchy for them.

‘They mix the dew and the soil and apply it for relief.

Photographer Aprit Kooba, pictured, witnessed the elephant acting in a strange manner 

‘It’s an elephant way to treat themselves to a facial because the forehead and trunk are very sensitive, and they don’t want to rub it on anything solid.’

Kooba used a Canon 1DX Mark II with a Canon 300mm lens to take this image from around 500 metres from the elephant.

He said: ‘It was just out of this world to see such behaviour of how these animals use the environment to medicate themselves naturally.’

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