A Lancashire lad caught the ‘amazing’ moment a particularly agile elephant clambered over a five-foot wall in a bid to swipe mangoes from his safari lodge.
The guests of Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, had just left for their afternoon safari drive on Saturday when the adult male paid an unexpected visit.
General manager Ian Salisbury, 68, spotted the bull elephant calculating how to haul its four giant legs over the stone wall without falling over.
Hilarious photos captured by Ian show the giant mammal hitching its legs over the wall in the same way a human might traverse the obstacle.
And as it wandered into camp, Andy Hogg, managing director of The Bushcamp Company who own the lodge, videoed the giant creature’s brief but unsuccessful hunt for fruit.
A family of elephants visit the site in southern Africa between October and mid-December, but this unexpected visitor was too late – searching for mangoes that were out of season.
Ian, from originally from Bacup, Lancs, said: ‘He just chose the most direct route and made himself right at home.
‘The guests were very amused at the idea of a climbing elephant. They were in amazement that it would bother to climb over such a high wall.
‘They were out on a safari drive in the National Park at the time, so were sorry to have missed seeing it [in person].’
The lodge has a central foyer area that is open and often attracts a family of elephants in the early winter.
But the herd usually take a stoned pathway, instead of taking the direct route of the wall.
Ian said: ‘He was a stranger to us. He wanted to investigate. He wanted to get into the central area where this big mango tree grows.