Animals Video

By Federico Cornetto

A cheeky elephant has been caught stealing a welcome mat from outside a front door and sticking it in its mouth.

Filmed outside the reception of the South Luangwa Wildlife Camp in Zambia on November 20, the naughty nelly scoops up the straw mat.

Manager at the safari camp, Dawie Maree, who took the video, says that life never gets boring as encounters with these gentle giants happen daily.

He says elephants come close to the houses looking for food and to bathe in waterholes but this time, this one inquisitive one mistook the door mat for exotic human cuisine.

Dawie said: “The elephants in the area are normally very relaxed, the only disturbance is you have to wait until they pass through, which sometimes can take a while.

“First off all, when living in a wildlife area you have to respect your surroundings and the animals that calls it home, do that and all should be fine.

“When elephants are around the buildings it is best to stay under a roof and stay relaxed.

“Do not make any fast movements which could scare the elephants, never come between a mother and calf.”