Plenty of tourists have snapped a selfie of themselves posing with an
elephant during their travels. But how many have had their photo taken by the
Christian LeBlanc, a 22 yr. old Canadian, found himself the subject of
an extraordinary "elphie" on a Thai island earlier this year.
"My girlfriend and I were exploring the island when we came across a
couple elephants," he told CNN by e-mail.
"For 50¢, you could buy a basket of bananas to feed them, so we decided to
The elephant LeBlanc was feeding decided what was on offer wasn't enough
and started ferreting for more food with its trunk. "Next thing I knew, it
grabbed my GoPro by the mount and I got the selfie of a lifetime, which I can't
take full credit for," he said.
LeBlanc's GoPro was set to shoot continuously, so it captured the view
from the elephant's trunk. But he's not ruling out the possibility that the
beast knew what it was doing.
"Elephants are incredibly intelligent, and it definitely makes you
wonder if it was a conscious action," he said.