A parched mother elephant was captured putting her head in the sand in front of spectators at a safari park.
The clever elephant was observed digging for water deep below the earth, then pouring it into her mouth as her calf watched on.
Patrick Ellis, 60, captured the amusing footage at Kruger National Park in South Africa’s northeast.
Mr. Ellis, who was on a safari with his wife, Topaz, and son, Daniel, captured the huge elephant fall to her knees to look for water.
Elephants in Africa frequently reach for water underground using their trunks because of the lack of water in dams and rivers.
The elephant dipped its trunk into the deep hole for around 20 minutes, according to spectators.
Elephants need a huge quantity of food and water because of their size, as they require around 40 gallons every day.
Burrowing with their trunks to find subterranean water sources allows them to not only provide themselves but also many other species with water during droughts.
Elephants are known to walk significant distances searching for a water supply during droughts.
A herd of elephants was filmed trekking through the damaged Tsavo National Park in Kenya last year, moving in a line before stumbling upon a broken water pipe to slake their thirst.