Mara’s Nice Cold Drink

Your eyes are not deceiving you: this video is in slow motion, which is a great way to see how adept Miss Mara is at using her trunk to get good and hydrated. During a quick visit to the sanctuary, Dr. Trish caught this minute of Mara drinking from the stainless steel waterers that are located throughout the habitat. They are designed to keep the water cool and fresh since they automatically refill as well. The elephants also use them for a cool splash – and you can see that Mara has a nice, wet head and a puddle of mud at her feet.


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    Kenneth B. Newman says

    One VERY thirsty elephant!!!!

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    Allison says

    Those soulful eyes are just incredible. She’s looking right into the camera and you can see pure joy in her eyes. A moment of contentment. Thank you for sharing ❤️

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    John says

    This is so awesome. I love the slow motion, it’s like a bit of a window into her soul.

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    Wim says

    Elegance matched with excellence this must be Miss Mara’s showtime.

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    Sandy Crile says

    Mesmerizing! Made my day. Sweet, sweet Mara.

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    Heather Parsons says

    Hi Everyone,
    Just a quick question. Elephants have fingers(African) finger (Asian). If an elephant loses the tip of its trunk, do they still have the ability to learn to close the trunk with the other muscles surrounding the severed tip? Or would they just hold the trunk up to move the water further into the trunk before delivering it to the mouth?

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      Kat Blais says

      i don’t know if they can close it fully if they lose the tip. i would imagine if it’s close to the end, they should be able to compensate with their other muscles, but wouldn’t have the same dexterity that their ‘finger’ offers. further up i would think that they would not, but just like elephants with trunk paralysis, they can still retain most of the water and get it up to their mouths.

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    Julie says

    Best video with out-of-control cutie Mara!

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    Terry says

    Elephants take water into their trunk, do they then take it from trunk to mouth each time? It looks like Mara is just drinking straight from her trunk toward the end…hope this makes sense!
    The slow mo is fantastic!

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      Kat Blais says

      yes, it always has to go from their trunk into their mouth. ☺️

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