Captured by conservationists at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, England, the playful pachyderm can be seen using the camera phone to snap a selfie.
Visitor Scott Brierley, 23, traveled in the West Midlands Safari Park’s drive-through elephant zone in Bewdley, Worcestershire, taking pictures of the African animals.
But as Mr. Brierley took one photograph on Bank Holiday Monday, he dropped his mobile phone, and the keepers ordered him to stay in his car and keep moving.
The events manager said he has now got the world’s only elephant selfie, adding: ‘I live pretty close to the park, so I’ve been there a few times. The elephants are my favorite, along with tigers.
“A friend and I were driving by the elephant enclosure. I took some pictures of myself with one of the elephants. But when I turned back around to look at my phone, I hit it on the side of the car door.
‘It fell down onto the grass. The elephant was all over it – I think he thought it was food. I didn’t dare get out of the car to get it. I just drove to one of the workers I could see, and he went to get it.
Mr. Brierley was stunned to see 22-year-old elephant Latabe had touched the screen with her trunk – and taken a picture of herself. Staff later retrieved his iPhone.
We were in shock when my iPhone came back. I couldn’t believe it when I pressed the center button and “wow” there it was. We couldn’t believe it.
The elephant had taken two pictures, but the second one turned out not to be as good. I have shown them the first image of the elephant selfie, and everyone loves it.
“I saw the young man drop the phone, so I waved him on. He started to drive towards us, so I went to retrieve it.”, said Head keeper Andy Plumb.
Many people have dropped their phones at our park, but I’ve never seen anything like this. What a picture – we’re very proud of Latabe.’
The West Midlands Safari Park is a fantastic safari park located in England. The park was completed in 1973 and offered visitors a great experience for adults and children alike. Adults will need to purchase their ticket upfront at £18 while children can get in for free with a paying adult.