Elephant stands on hind legs to reach a jackfruit at the top of a tree

Climbing trunks: Hungry elephant stands up on its hind legs to reach a jackfruit at the top of a 25ft tree in southern India

  • The elephant climbed the tree in Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad, Kerala
  • It was filmed using its trunk to reach up and grab the fruit by forest watchers
  • Indian elephants can grow up to 11.5 foot tall and weigh more than 787 stone

A hungry elephant stood on its hind legs to pluck a jackfruit from the top of a 25 foot tree in southern India.

The elephant was filmed climbing the tree in Silent Valley National Park of Palakkad District in the state of Kerala earlier this month.

Footage shows the elephant standing on its hind legs to elevate itself and reaching with its trunk to grasp at the tasty fruits.

The incredible moment was reportedly witnessed by forest watchers Bijo Baby and Thomas John.


An Indian elephant stands on its hind legs to reach a jackfruit up a 25ft tree in Silent Valley National Park of Palakkad District in the state of Kerala

The elephant begins by eating food from the ground before looking up to assess the height of the tree in 93.2F (34C) heat

The elephant stand by the tree, eating food from the ground, before looking up to assess the fruit’s height.

It stretches out its trunk up the tree while flapping its ears to keep cool in the 93.2F (34C) heat.

With its mouth hanging open, the elephant then raises onto its hind legs to climb the tree, resting its front legs on the trunk.

It stretches its trunk out to grab the fruit and break it from its branch, causing it to drop to the floor where the elephant begins eating it. 

The elephant brings the fruit to the ground where it can eat it. Indian elephants can grow up to 11.5 foot tall and weight 787 stone

The Indian elephant, which can grow up to 11.5 foot tall and weigh 787 stone, was filmed on May 19.

Palakkad District, the largest district in Kerala, has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in the last five days according to politician AK Balan.

The Minister for SC/ST, Law, Cultural Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs for the State of Kerala said the district has seen 32 positive cases, reported The New Indian Express.

He said: ‘The fact that some health workers have contracted the virus points to the possibility of local transmission.’

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