We caught a brief moment of Lady enjoying herself at a mud hole recently. You can see that she splashes around with her trunk, covering herself with mud and generally making a nice squishy mess. She uses her trunk to scoop up little balls of mud – one of her favorite techniques. Toward the end, you can see that she is really silly and gets into the fun of it all.
Playing in the mud is not only a fun activity for the elephants, but it also offers the opportunity for natural stimulation, something that most captive elephants never get to experience. Plus, it is good for their skin.
P.S.: You may notice that she is lifting her leg a bit at the beginning. It just looks to us like she’s scratching an itch.