Video: Elephant roams hotel in Sri Lanka, pokes stuff with trunk

  • Updated
  • 21/01/2020

Video of an elephant walking around the lobby of a Sri Lankan hotel is going viral this week, causing quite a stir online.

But staff at the Jetwing Yala hotel where Natta Kota ('Short Tail') was filmed roaming about poking things with his trunk weren't too fussed.

The adult Asian bull elephant has been a regular at the venue since 2013, a Jetwing spokesperson told BBC.

Footage of Natta Kota in the hotel was posted to Twitter by @upidaisy on Monday (NZT) in a tweet that currently has over 330,000 likes and 72,000 retweets.

"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," they captioned the two minute and 20 second video.

Among the thousands of replies are many, many people impressed and amused at the elephant's demeanour.

"I love the way he's just exploring and when he touched the lamp and was like 'oops', tried to fix it and walked off," said @nickaology, adding: "I love elephants".

After realising their tweet had gone viral, @upidaisy added in a reply: "Here's some shit I wanna promote: Vote for Bernie, Epstein didn't kill himself, elephants are the best, visit Sri Lanka."

Jetwing told BBC that Natta Kota had transitioned from being a seasonal guest to a permanent resident at the hotel over the last few years.

"He is allowed to be at peace [at the hotel where he] spends his days sleeping in the shade of the scrubs and taking walks along the hotel's footpaths," the Jetwing spokesperson said.

"Natta Kota's calm demeanour has made him a delight to guests and videos of him helping himself to the hotel's trees are aplenty."

If you like the idea of potentially popping out of your room to get some ice in the middle of the night and bumping into an elephant, Sri Lanka's Jetwing Yala hotel should go on your list.