I think we can all relate to that insatiable itch that we cannot quite reach. Similar to humans, elephants also get itches they cannot reach with their trunk, tusks or legs; which need satisfying!
To relieve an itch, elephants use stumps, rocks, trees and termite mounds. Often when you are in the bush you will see one of these, looking well-polished from regular use by elephants.
Like all animals, elephants need regular grooming and cleaning. Whether that is taking a mudbath, sandbath or a swim. This grooming and cleaning helps to remove insects and parasites, such as ticks and flies, which can be the cause of a good itch.
It is funny to watch an elephant rub itself on all angles on an object to alleviate a good itch. As humans, we can relate to this – it is the same as us rubbing our back on a door frame.
Clearly, in the below video, this rock in Amboseli National Park was a favourite location for scratching, with multiple elephants utilising. The elephant started moving from side to side, scratching the side of his belly and underbelly.
And, below video is from Tarangire National Park, in Tanzania.
Who would have thought that a rock, tree or a termite mount can give an elephant so much relief and satisfaction.