While many people know that elephants are complex, emotional creatures who "never forget," it's perhaps a lesser-known fact that the animals, despite weighing several tons, are also quite capable swimmers — which is what the Marais family found out the hard way.
“Although we were extremely close to the elephant, he seemed to be grazing quite peacefully in the fully flooded waters. What could go wrong?" Su-An Marais told Latest Sightings. "I mean, even a fully grown elephant can’t swim that fast in deep water, right?”