Video of a large wild elephant delicately walking around the lobby of a Sri Lankan hotel was shared on Twitter Sunday, and it quickly went viral and earned over 4.5 million views as of Monday afternoon.
“Woke up to a text from my mom about how a wild elephant went into a Sri Lankan hotel and gently wandered around while poking stuff with his trunk,” the tweet read, along with the two-minute-20-second clip.
In the video, the friendly elephant is seen gracefully moving about the Jetwing Yala hotel lobby while occasionally stopping to investigate certain items with its trunk. At one point, the curious creature tips over a desk lamp while exploring a room.
It was not immediately known how long the elephant stayed inside the hotel, but according to news.com.au, elephants are not a rare sight for hotels in the area, and have become something of a draw for tourists.
woke up to a text from my mom about how a wild elephant went into a Sri Lankan hotel and gently wandered around while poking stuff with his trunk pic.twitter.com/C2biQT8C30— Upuli 🇱🇰 (@upidaisy) January 19, 2020
The video’s uploader also took time to assure those on Twitter than elephants are respected animals in Sri Lanka.
“I keep getting questions: yes we love elephants in Sri Lanka & yes you’ll see them all over. they’re super common on roads/ temples/towns/other places. They are culturally important & people feel strongly that elephants (all animals) be loved/well cared for,” the Twitter user wrote.
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