Game lodge solves mystery of ‘leaking’ Jacuzzi

2010-05-25 13:36

An elephant in a game lodge northwest of South Africa has been

holding its own private cocktail hour in the lodge’s Jacuzzis for the past few

months, leaving staff baffled as to why some of the tubs are drained of water

every morning.

Susan Potgieter, co-owner of the Etali Safari Lodge, said it took

rangers months to figure out why some of the lodge’s outdoor Jacuzzis were empty

in the morning.

They checked for leaks, refilled and reheated the Jacuzzis, only to

find them empty again.

That was until a guest noticed Troublesome the elephant leaning its

tusks on the balustrade surrounding the Jacuzzi, and dipping its trunk

straw-like into the pool for a long drink.

The guest took a picture, sent it to the lodge and the mystery was


“We don’t call her Troublesome because she is troublesome. She is

actually very gentle. But she has had the rangers perplexed about why they have

to refill the pools,” said Potgieter, who said this was not a publicity


“You can see the imprint of her tusks on the balustrade,” she


Rangers suspected that other elephants in the surrounding area also

popped in for a drink, but they are now certain that Troublesome was a regular

and had a favourite Jacuzzi.

But it may soon be back to mud cocktails for Troublesome as rangers

try to figure out a way to discourage the elephant.


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