Why Elephants Take Mud Baths.


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An African elephant may be ten feet high and weigh six tons, but when it wallows in the mud it seems as playful as a puppy. A whole group of elephants will join together in a riotous mud bath. They’ll sit in the mud, lie down at full length, roll on their backs, and wallow about noisily. That’s why a muddy area visited by elephants is called a wallow.

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 Mud can be comforting on a hot afternoon. It feels cool and soothing, and it relieves itching. And when the bath is over, the coating of mud protects the elephant’s hide from the hot sun and from annoying insects and parasites. Elephant hide is an inch thick in places, but it’s very sensitive, especially to fly and mosquito bites.

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  • Sourav on Nov 17, 2009

    Nice pics and nice bite of info!

  • ahmad joko setyawan on Nov 17, 2009

    Great write,very informative and well presented!!

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