Elephant taking a dust shower
This is a great photo of an elephant taking a dust shower. The photo was taken by Sumarie Slabber on March 2nd, 2015. The main reason for the dust shower or dust bath is to clean the skin and remove parasites. Often animals can be seem rolling around in the dust and this is for the same purpose. Another reason an animal may take a dust bath is to cool down if they have become wet from exercise. One of the more common this places to witness a sand bath is within the stables of racing horses where it is common practice for the horses to have a sand bath after exercise.