Napping Elephant Leaves Perfect Imprint Of Its Face In The Sand At Chester Zoo
A young elephant managed to quite literally create a piece of art in his sleep when his face left a perfect imprint in the sand.
Chester Zoo in the UK welcomed Anjan the Asian elephant to their family nearly two years ago, and keepers have been keeping animal-lovers up to date with his antics ever since.
The zoo is currently closed to the public, but that hasn’t stopped staff sharing stories of what the animals are getting up to, with a recent post displaying Anjan’s lovely work of art.
At first glance, the picture could easily be mistaken for a real, intentional artistic creation because of its intricate detail, but it’s actually just the result of a sleepy elephant.
It’s entirely normal for elephants to sleep on their sides for around four hours a night, which is plenty of time for them to leave an imprint in the sand beneath, but a spokesperson for Chester Zoo told UNILAD that it’s rare to find an imprint that hasn’t been disturbed.
Our zookeepers quite often come across imprints in the sand but rarely do they see them quite so intact and quite as perfect as this one of Anjan!
It’s quite remarkable really that none of the other elephants in the herd, or indeed Anjan himself, stepped on it and disturbed it before the zookeepers got to it the following morning.
The perfect outline could have easily been spoiled if Anjan moved in his sleep, or if he disturbed the image when getting up, but thankfully staff managed to snap a picture of the imprint before it was damaged.
The image perfectly depicts Anjan’s ear, eye and wrinkly trunk, easily making it one of the best self-portraits I’ve ever seen in my life — human or otherwise.
Good work, Anjan!
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