The Asian Elephant, which is classified as an ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴇᴅ species, is the world’s largest land mammal and has three subspecies – the Indian, Sumatran and Sri Lankan. They are typically smaller than the African elephant and their skin ranges from dark grey to brown, with patches of pink on the forehead, the ears and the base of the trunk.
Neww, a heartwarming video shows a baby elephant splashing around in a tub of water while taking a refreshing shower in western Thailand. Footage captured in Kanchanaburi province, which sits west of Bangkok, shows seven-month-old Choojai sǫᴜᴇᴇᴢᴇᴅ into a plastic tub as his keeper ʜᴏsᴇs him down.
The playful Asian elephant submerges his head before coming back up for air and flopping his trunk over the edge of the tub in the clip, filmed on September 15. He splashes around in the tub and flaps his ears, causing floods of water to pour over the rim of the tub. The animal then lays down in the cool water before standing up as his keeper continues to direct the stream of water at him.
During the summer months, hairless mammals such as elephants and rhinos will use water baths, mud and clay to stay cool and protect them from the sun. In 2018, scientists at Switzerland’s University of Geneva also discovered that the deep wrinkles on an elephant’s skin allowed water to spread easily and helped lower the animal’s body temperature.