- Bathing appears to be pleasurable and is essential to elephants. The trunks are used like a hose to spray water across the body. To help protect the skin from parasites and biting insects, elephants wallow in mud or spray dust on their wet skin. Once the mud and dust is dry, elephants rub against a hard surface, removing most parasites.
Elephants use their trunks to spray mud and dust on their backs.
Dusting helps elephants remove parasites from their skin.
Dusting helps protect the elephants' skin from biting insects.
An Asian elephant at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay dusting.
Bathing helps keep elephants cool.
Bathing appears to be pleasurable for most elephants.
Bathing helps remove parasites from the elephants' skin.