By Becca Husselbee
A cheeky elephant was caught rehydrating himself by water from a private swimming pool.
Penny Parker, 28, from Beyond Klein’s Camp, Tanzania, works at the camp as an assistant lodge manager and captured the footage of the elephant while checking the pool area.
Penny said: “I was simply carrying out my day, I had been walking through our camp checking the pool and came across this very special visitor.
“I was only metres away from the pool, hidden by some bushes for safe cover and the small pool wall.
“This elephant was wandering through the camp with the remainder of the herd nearby, doing some general gardening of the bushes and trees in the vicinity and decided that the pool looked too tempting not to quench its thirst.
“It carefully made its way up the stone steps, and stopped on the very last step, carefully reaching into the pool area, slurping up as much of the clean cool water as possible, and drinking to its heart’s content.
“It drank for some 30 minutes before deciding that it was satisfied, and slowly reversed down the stone steps and off into the bush.
“This was certainly something that happened by surprise, the elephants are regular visitors to Klein’s Camp and absolutely love to drink at the pool, however, it is not very often one gets to witness it, let alone capture it in an image.”
The amateur photographer spotted the elephant in September this year but wasn’t worried about being too close.
She said: “Being on foot with wild animals is potentially dangerous and you need to remain very aware.
“In this instance, I ensured I had enough cover, the wind was in my favour, and remained as still and quiet as possible so as not to disturb the elephant.
“I try to always be in the bush or walking through the camp as often as possible, as time out in this incredible wilderness will always produce incredible moments.
“This was a matter of being at the right place at the right time, giving the animal space to go about its business and doing my best to capture it.”