In a visual and audible display of power, using the forefeet in a vigourous and exaggerated swinging motion to splash water and mud onto the underside of the body. Typicallypart of a musth display and associated with Musth-Rumbling and Ear-Waving. 

References: Poole & Granli 2021. (Full reference list)

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Advertisement & Attraction


Context: Advertisement & Attraction (1)

Pascal comes to a mud-wallow with an estrous female he is Guarding and her family. There he engages in a typical Musth-Display that involves Musth-Rumbling, Ear-Waving, Exaggerated-Splash-with-Foot, Tusk-Ground, Trunk-Curling. (Amboseli, Kenya)


Context: Advertisement & Attraction (2)

At a small mud wallow X004 in musth spends over 9 minutes in Tusk-Ground as a loud plane passes overhead and several cars drive by. He Musth-Rumbles several times and engages in Exaggerated-Foot-Splashing all the while digging his long tusks in the ground. In between these bouts of energy he appears Contemplative, occasionally Listening. Finally he hauls himself up and walks off. In this clip we show examples of Exaggerated-Splash-with-Foot. (Amboseli, Kenya)