WATCH: An Elephant Almost Drowns Crossing A Flooded River

Recent flooding of the Sabie, one of South Africa’s most biologically diverse rivers, resulted in a life threatening and chaotic experience for one of its largest inhabitants.

Elephant are known to be excellent swimmers, but the flood waters still proved a dangerous adversary. The biggest advantage an elephant has when swimming is its trunk. Without this versatile proboscis, which they use like a snorkel, the flood waters may have got the better of them entirely.

“First I thought they were swimming but soon realised the current was sweeping them away. It was nerve wrecking, ” said Marijke Arends-Meiring, who recorded the amazing footage in Kruger national park, South Africa.

Eventually all the elephants Marijke could see made it across safely.

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