Nature,  Wildlife

Elephant Making its Own Ice Cubes

While visiting the Honolulu Zoo on Waikiki Beach, I witnessed some interesting and intelligent behavior by elephants in the zoo.

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes – #1

The Zookeepers at the Honolulu Zoo give the elephants chunks of ice most likely to  stay cool.  We watched the elephants step on the ice to beak it up into smaller pieces.   They then picked up the with their trunks and tapped their trunks on the ground to further break the ice into smaller pieces prior to swallowing it.

The sequence of photos in this blog shows the elephant picking up the ice and breaking it on the ground using their trunks.

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes - #2

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes – #2

This learned behavior by the elephants was amazing to watch and also fun to photograph.  When photographing at zoos and other wildlife photography, take your time and observe the behavior of the animals.  It’s fun to observe and also makes for some great photographs.

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes

Elephant Making his own Ice Cubes – #3

Written by Martin Belan

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