Elephant meets slip-and-slide: Wild reader Nan Hyslop tells the story behind her funny photo sequence from Kruger National Park.

As my husband and I slowly drove along a winding road, north of Shingwedzi Camp in the Kruger National Park last September, we noticed a billowing cloud of dust ahead of us – and it was growing. Setting off to discover the cause, we arrived at a view point overlooking the river with a herd of elephants approaching the water down a steep sandy bank on the other side.

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Some elephants were already drinking and others still grazing at the top of the slope, when we noticed those descending were sliding down with their back legs dragging behind them.

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One individual, in particular, was finding it very difficult to climb down a small cliff halfway down the slope.

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Suddenly, she freed her leg and slid down as the others had done, with hind legs trailing behind.

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Suddenly, she freed her leg and slid down as the others had done, with hind legs trailing behind.

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Standing triumphantly on all fours, the elephant ran to the water for a cool drink.”

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What a feat!