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Elephant wanders into hotel lobby through the front door

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A hotel manager in Zambia says he was surprised when he looked up from his desk and saw an elephant standing within the front lobby. 

Apparently, the big animal had entered the constructing on the lookout for snacks.

An elephant wandered into the lobby of the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia.
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Andy Hogg is the managing director on the Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia. He spoke with Southwest News Service (SWNS) about how a bull elephant recently entered the primary lobby through the front door and briefly explored the room.

This isn’t the primary time the lodge has needed to cope with an elephant snooping across the premises, in keeping with Hogg.

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The large animal was seemingly looking for snacks or other food items.

The massive animal was seemingly on the lookout for snacks or other food items.
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“We’re careful to make sure that we do not leave any fruit or food behind the counter for when the elephants are available,” he told SWNS. “Through the time that the wild mango fruit is in season, we get elephants within the courtyard and in reception several times a day. It generally happens from late October through mid-December.”

Apparently, the elephants are popular with visitors on the lodge.

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Andy Hogg, managing director of the lodge, told SWNS that employees know to keep food hidden to prevent the elephants from taking it.

Andy Hogg, managing director of the lodge, told SWNS that employees know to maintain food hidden to stop the elephants from taking it.
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“Guests find it irresistible, as you’ll be able to imagine, but we’re very careful to maintain them well back from the elephants and really secure,” Hogg said.

This particular elephant didn’t cause problems and left with none incident.

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“He didn’t stick around for too long. He was on his way from the courtyard where he’d been eating wild mangoes before going back to the herd,” Hogg explained. 

“I actually have seen this occur again and again over time, but it surely doesn’t make it any less special.”

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