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Pictured: A herd of elephants slap a layer of thick mud and dust over their skin - in the same way as we apply sun block.<br />
The 'dust bath' is part of a daily routine that elephants practice after a morning bathe.<br />
The baking hot African sun is almost unbearable at times and the thick mud layer helps keep their body temperature down and acts as a parasite deterrent.<br />
Photographer Peter Delaney found the elephants leaving a nearby waterhole in the Etosha National Park in Namibia.<br />
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