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Baby elephant enjoys the spring sunshine

Baby elephant Scott enjoys the spring sunshine Photo: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

While many flock to the beach to enjoy the spring sunshine a baby elephant at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is also getting in on the act by covering himself in sand - seconds after keepers finished scrubbing him squeaky clean.

Scott covers himself in sand seconds after being cleaned by keepers Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Assistant Curator of Elephants, Lee Sambrook, said: "Every morning we wash Scott and the rest of the herd from trunk to tail, scrubbing them with shampoo and rinsing them with warm water.

"Almost immediately after their baths they'll cover themselves in mud or sand which sounds counterproductive, but the layer of dirt keeps them cool and acts as sunscreen - perfect for our elephants now the weather's getting warmer."

Mum and baby enjoy rolling around in the sand Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Pint-sized Scott was born in October 2011, after a whopping 700 day pregnancy - almost two years.

Not only was it the longest pregnancy ever recorded at the Zoo, Scott is also the smallest elephant calf ever born at Whipsnade, weighing just 16 stone.

Scott relaxes in the sunshine Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo