Elephant steals man’s camera : takes amazing ‘elphie’

Elephant steals man’s camera : takes amazing ‘elphie’

Elephant steals man’s camera : takes amazing ‘elphie’

Written by Staff Writer

24 May, 2015 | 4:45 pm

Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an elephant during their travels. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has done it.

But how many have had their photo taken by the elephant?

Christian LeBlanc, a 22-year-old Canadian, found himself the subject of an extraordinary “elphie” on a Thai island earlier this year.

“My girlfriend and I were exploring the island when we came across a couple elephants,” he told CNN by email. “For 50 cents, you could buy a basket of bananas to feed them, so we decided to get one.”

The elephant LeBlanc was feeding decided what was on offer wasn’t enough and started ferreting for more food with its trunk.

“Next thing I knew, it grabbed my GoPro by the mount and I got the selfie of a lifetime, which I can’t take full credit for,” he said.

LeBlanc’s GoPro, a mountable sports camera, was set to shoot continuously, so it captured the view from the elephant’s trunk. But he’s not ruling out the possibility that the beast knew what it was doing.

“Elephants are incredibly intelligent, and it definitely makes you wonder if it was a conscious action,” he said.

The photo was taken on the island of Koh Phangan about two months ago, but it has picked up attention online and also from the international media in recent days.

The photographically inclined elephant, meanwhile, remains something of a mystery.

“I know nothing about the actual elephant other than its love for selfies,” LeBlanc said. “Its personality was very playful and it clearly had a craving for bananas because it devoured them.”

-CNN

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