It shows that flies aren’t the only nuisance for the giant mammal, who decided to do its own ʙɪᴛ for the environment.
CCTV shows the elephant, wander through the back garden of a house in Greater Kruger national park, South Africa, before it spots some empty cans that have been left on the grass.
After it made a beeline for the litter, the elephant delicately sucks the cans up one at a time using its trunk, before using one of its feet to help drop it into a nearby bin.
It also appears to have disposed some rubbish it had earlier found in the bush before picking up the cans.
The first drops in easy enough, but the second can proves somewhat more problematic.
After using its foot to help get the grip more secure, the elephant then drops the can to the ground.
But there’s no stopping the quest to keep the grass free from rubbish, and it’s second-time lucky as the can is successfully deposited into the bin.
Russell Owen MacLaughlin, a photographer based in Hoedspruit, South Africa, ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ the amazing ɪɴᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ after he set up CCTV cameras to see which wildlife visited the area.
Russell said: ‘The elephant just went and picked cans up to throw them in the bin.
‘It was absolutely mind blowing. I can’t explain why or how it happened, it just did. I guess it has to be another case of animals doing amazing things.’