Elephants use dirt as sunscreen
To end on a lighter note, let's point out how elephants like to play in the dirt, and for good reason! Though their hide looks tough, elephants have sensitive skin that can get sunburned.
To counteract the damaging rays of the sun, elephants throw sand on themselves. Adult elephants will also douse youngsters with dust. When coming out of a bath in a river, elephants will often throw mud on themselves as a layer of protection. And when calves are sleeping, adults will often stand over them to cast shade and protect them from the sun.
As for an elephant sunburn, "Marie Galloway, an elephant keeper at the zoo, can only recall one case," says Smithsonian Magazine. "For a time, about 20 years ago, Shanthi, a female Asian elephant from Sri Lanka who lives at the zoo, had blisters appear on her back, because, unlike the other elephants, she didn’t cover herself with dirt or seek shade. But for the most part, animals seem to have good sense."