By LOUISE BOYLE
Ready for my close-up: Five the elephant strikes a pose in front of a queue of traffic at a safari park in the West Midlands
The recent heatwave all got a bit much for this elephant who decided this was as good a spot as any to take the weight off.
The African elephant, named Five, plonked himself down in front of a queue of traffic at the safari park and stretched out earlier this month.
Bewildered visitors were left with no choice but to wait until nap-time was over and the 11,000lb creature wandered off to find a quieter spot to sleep in the West Midlands.
Big laughs: Zoo keeper Andy Plumb managed to capture the comic snaps of Five the elephant at the safari park
The comic pictures were taken by head keeper Andy Plumb, who rushed to grab his camera when he spotted Five.
He said: 'There was a bit of a traffic jam which lasted a fair amount of time as Five was out for the count and there are rocks along the road to stop drivers leaving the track.
'I think the sun was getting a bit too much for him and he simply had no energy left and just settled down where he was.
'When I arrived there was a queue of traffic forming and it just got bigger - he's a bit of a character so I'm not surprised he decided to crash out on a road.
'When he eventually woke up I don't think he knew what all the fuss was about. There was a big cheer and he just wandered off looking for somewhere else to sleep.
'We all had a good laugh about it for the rest of the day.'
Thursday, October 6, 2011
By LOUISE BOYLE