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Playful Elephant

Enjoying his winter playground, the zoo elephant who likes to make snowballs with his trunk - and then eat them

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:25 PM on 27th December 2010headerlinks]
The elephants got a taste of a German winter at the Berlin Zoo this week as they played in the snow, getting into play fights and sampling a bit of the frozen treat.

Ko Raya, an Asian elephant, even rolled around in the snow in her enclosure at Zoologischer Garten, where temperatures have been staying below zero.

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Asian elephant Ko Raya played in the snow, coating herself in the white stuff

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An elephant lifts a snowball it made with its trunk at the Berlin zoo on Monday

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Unfortunately, if the elephant was trying to get clean, the snow will be less effective than throwing water on himself

And hopefully she liked it, as even more snow has been predicted in the German capital. Germany got 12 inches of snow on Christmas night alone.

Asian elephants in the wild don't often see snow, as they are found primarily in countries like Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, parts of Nepal and Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia.

But, Ko Raya has never known a different climate, as she was born at the Berlin zoo in March 2009.

Even in the frigid weather, she bring a touch of sunshine as she is named after an island in Thailand.

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The elephant then threw the snowball with its trunk

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DELICIOUS! An elephant slips a snowball into his mouth as forecasters predicted even more snow in the German capital

Snow fight! These three pictures, taken in sequence, show the Berlin elephants throwing snow on one another

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Torture Devices Of The Dark Ages

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This is a collection of most disgusting and most ghastly medieval instruments of torture exposed in St. Petersburg museum…

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The moment a kayaker plunged down a 128-foot waterfall and emerged with just a scratch

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:33 PM on 28th December 2010

This is the jaw-dropping moment a lone kayaker decided to really take the plunge plummeting down a 128-foot waterfall.

Kayak legend Rafa Ortiz was caught on camera tackling the enormous Big Banana Falls, in Mexico, by extreme sports photographer Lucas Gilman.

Lucas and Rafa trekked through five miles of steaming jungle and dangerous drug growing cartels to reach the breath-taking falls with Rafa's only intention being to jump off them.

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Rafa Ortiz is the first known kayaker to drop the 128.6-foot tall Big Banana Waterfall on the Rio Alseseca inVeracruz, Mexico

Beside the swirling whirlpool at the bottom of the falls Lucas had the job of capturing the moment Rafa made his dizzying descent.

In just seconds Rafa's tiny kayak can be seen bursting out through the water before the heart-stopping dive to the water.

Miraculously he got through the whole stunt with just a scratch, for which he needed three stitches, and a black eye.

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The waterfall is called Big Banana due to the numerous banana plantations in the region.

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Ortiz did end up needed three stitches for the scratch on his left eye

Photographer Lucas, from Colorado, Denver, has followed extreme sports all over the world, but he said this was one of the most challenging shoots ever.

Using two cameras, one horizontal and one vertical, he had just one chance to capture the perfect shot.

He said: 'It was not like I could say to Rafa, 'do you mind climbing up 128 foot again and doing that again'.

'It's not just a question of that, it's also obviously extremely dangerous, if he comes down any other way than the right way the chances are he will be seriously injured or even be killed.

'I just seconds to get the right shot and luckily I got it.'

Lucas was photographing Rafa, who is a Red Bull freestyle kayaker and one of only four people in the world to tackle a plus 100-foot waterfall, as part of an expedition to one of the remotest regions of Mexico.

He said: 'It took us five days to get to the falls and the jungle wasn't the only thing we had to worry about, the area is heavily used by drug dealers to grow marajuana.

'I have been all over the world following extreme sports from India to Africa and Australia, and I'm always planning my next adventure.'

Lucas captured the amazing action on his camera, a Nikon D3S.

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Lucas Gilman has also photographed other extreme kayakers, like Pat Keller dropping Upper Lewis falls inWashington State, left, and Evan Garcia drops the 101-foot tall Metlako in Oregon

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Gilman took this photo showing a dozen frames of Rush Sturges' sgoing down the Runs 90+ foot tall Lower Tomata Falls ns in Veracruz, Mexico - and losing his paddle part way down
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