Elephant goes bananas for Queen Elizabeth

An Asian elephant called Donna was unable to contain her excitement upon a visit from the royals - with the animal enthusiastically snatching some fruit from Queen Elizabeth's hands.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, England, where they unveiled a plaque to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art Centre for Elephant Care.

The royal pair were invited to the ceremony because the new centre will be run by the Zoological Society of London, for whom Queen Elizabeth is a patron.

After unveiling the plaque at the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were introduced to Donna by two zookeepers - and the two had the opportunity to feed the hulking mammal.

Each of them was given a banana, and like many of us Donna could barely contain her excitement at the prospect of free food, greedily grabbing the fruit from the Queen's hand and throwing it into its mouth.

After then receiving a banana from Prince Philip, the elephant was clearly still hungry for more, and reached its trunk out at the Queen once more to sniff for more banana - but to no avail.

Donna is one of nine Asian elephants that will be looked after at the new centre.