Can elephants swim?

Answer by Rory Young:

Yes. Elephants love swimming and have a much closer relationship with water than many would imagine.

They will usually swim after drinking if they can or at the very least will spray themselves with water.

They often get frisky after swimming and will often play or males will fight over dominance at this time. I used to avoid them after they had been in the water as I had the impression that they were more aggressive. However I have learned that they are actually more playful after a swim than aggressive. Here is a picture I took of a young elephant  splashing a stork after getting out of the water.. You can see what I mean by frisky!

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