Monday, October 11, 2010

Strange facts-Elephant Jacuzzi

Elephant & leaking Jacuzzi

A mystery "leak" draining a jacuzzi in South Africa has been explained after tourists caught an elephant drinking from the pool.

An elephant nicknamed Troublesome is snapped taking a drink from the pool at Etali Safari Lodge, South Africa. Susan Potgieter, owner of the lodge, said: "When I first saw the photograph of her drinking I couldn't believe it. It was something of a relief because we had been trying to work out why the pool had been draining so quickly for weeks but couldn't find a leak anywhere"

Affectionately nicknamed 'Troublesome', the animal is well-known to rangers at the reserve for her inquisitive nature. But no one imagined any connection with a problematic jacuzzi outside one of the £400-a-night lodges.


After weeks spent trying to solve the mystery Troublesome was finally caught in the act when a guest staying at the lodge heard her outside.

"We've seen this elephant a lot before and by the lodge, the rangers call her 'Troublesome' not because she causes trouble but because she comes so close to their vehicles."

Susan said Troublesome probably preferred the water of the jacuzzi because it was clean.
She said: "Now that we know what was going on we have tried to provide her an alternative source of water. But sometimes it's hard to get an elephant to change her ways.
"She is a very welcome visitor for us and our guests, except it's probably best to check if she is around before taking a dip in the jacuzzi."


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