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It is not uncommon for elephants to cool off or clean themselves by dousing themselves in water or mud. Indeed this is often done as part of a family groups, almost a social occasion.

Being particularly prone to parasites, elephants also have another ritual that they use for health reasons. They are known to cover themselves in dust and dirt after having bathed. This helps with the cooling process but also goes some way to protecting the skin.

Here, the family grouping that I had observed for some hours around the watering hole at the Ngutuni Lodge near Voi in Kenya, took time to do just that. They bathed in one of the two pools of water (see my earlier photo), and then dusted themselves down as a family group.

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