A rather parched mother elephant was filmed burying her head in the sand in front of onlookers at a safari park.
The clever elephant was spotted digging for water deep under the ground and then transferring the water to her mouth as her calf looked on at the amusing sight.
The humorous scene was shot by Patrick Ellis, 60, in Kruger National Park, northeastern South Africa.
Mr. Ellis, who was on a safari trip with his wife, Topaz, and son, Daniel, filmed the big elephant kneeling in an attempt to find water.
Due to water shortages in dams and rivers in the area, elephants often use their trunks to get water underground.
According to onlookers, the elephant spent around 20 minutes drinking from the deep hole.
Due to their size, elephants require an enormous amount of food and water and typically drink more than 40 gallons of water a day.
Their ability to dig with their trunks to locate groundwater helps them provide water not only for themselves but for many other species during droughts.
During times of drought, elephants are also known to walk long distances in search of water.
Last year, a herd was seen walking in long lines through scorched Tsavo National Park in Kenya before finally finding a broken water pipe to quench their thirst.