Scientists have been left baffled by a wild elephant caught on camera blowing out plumes of smoke while consuming smouldering lumps of charcoal.
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) filmed the female elephant exhibiting the unusual behaviour at Nagahrole National Park in India.
The video was shot in 2016 by Vinay Kumar, a scientist from the Indian branch of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in Karnataka state’s Nagarhole Forest, but released recently “after experts realised its biological significance.”
In the video, the mammal can been seen picking up lumps of charcoal with its trunk, placing the coal in its mouth, and exhaling a large cloud of smoke.
Scientists have theorised it may have been trying to eat the wood for medicinal reasons.
Watch video below