Rushing to grab a quick drink can sometimes leave you stuck in the mud, as these baby elephants found out.
The troublesome trio was eager to be the first to the watering hole at the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa as they sought to cool off in the sweltering conditions.
The thirsty elephant’s race to the watering hole
However, in their haste, they become stuck in some thick mud to make the journey just that little bit harder.
Kristoff Potgieter, 28, captured the whole thing on video early last month and gave the elephants names of Hughey, Dewey and Louis after the characters from the animated TV series “Duck Tales”.
Racing can be thirsty work as the elephants seek to cool off in the sweltering conditions
“After a long hot day in the Madikwe Game Reserve these three baby elephants couldn’t wait to get to the waterhole first,” he said.
“They were in such a hurry they managed to get stuck in the mud.
“The smallest one then jumps into the waterhole, getting stuck a second time. This video was just too cute not to share!”
In their haste, they become stuck in some thick mud to make the journey just that little bit harder
Kristoff says the fiercely contested race was witnessed by many guests from the Etali Safari Lodge where he works and he hoped it provided a memory that would stay with them forever.
“Watching cute baby elephants is one thing I never get tired of,” he said.
“For our guests, it was one of the best sightings amongst the many memorable things they saw during their trip.”