Elephants digging for water

A video taken by tracker Eric on the 3rd of January 2016 of some elephants digging for water in a dry riverbed. Although the river is dry, water would still flow just underneath the surface. Elephants have an incredible sense of smell and would dig at places where the water table is very shallow. They have 5 toes on each foot which is covered in a sheath of skin. They use their feet for digging and will resort to using their trunks as the hole gets deeper. Water would quickly filter through and these holes scattered along some riverbeds would provide valuable drinking water to other animals. A large cow can be seen digging and the side-on angle clearly show the square head so typical of females. The bulls have a more rounded forehead.

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