Volume up to hear Mara sucking the water into her trunk. Elephant trunks are incredible. They can grab a single blade of grass, or pluck a single berry off a bush, yet it’s strong enough to lift a tree casually.
Their trunks don’t have any bones – muscularly, they’re similar to a human tongue. The part of their trunks that looks like a finger is actually called a finger.
African elephants have two fingers, but Asian elephants only have one. Their trunks have two separate nostrils, as you can see in this video.
As trunks are also noses, they have a bit of a mucus drip. This could be why some elephants prefer the water directly in their mouth sometimes, rather than through their trunks first. Of course, laziness could have something to do with it too. ?
This short video is of Rana and Mara drinking. Rana had already drunk a bit before we began filming, so hers is the trunk that isn’t as enthusiastic. Mara is the wider nose and the one whose face you see at the end when she drinks. Their trunks can hold about two gallons (8 liters) of water.