Christian LeBlanc, 22, says he was feeding the elephant in Thailand, but when he ran out of bananas it turned its attention to his camera
The picture-snapping phenomenon has spawned a new, sub-craze – ‘elphies’ – and lucky tourist Christian LeBlanc, has bagged the best one yet.
Elphies are, quite simply, selfies featuring elephants.
Christian, 22, has told how he was feeding an elephant in Koh Phangan, Thailand, when he ran out of bananas.
He claims the plucky beast nabbed his GoPro camera while it was on the time-lapse setting and ended up taking the incredible snaps.
Christian, from Vancouver, Canada, said: “It’s definitely my best selfie and quite possibly the best ever.”
In the amazing series of photos, Christian can be seen offering taking a few selfies himself before offering the last banana to the elephant.
Then before he can step away to gather more treats for the elephant his trunk reaches out and nabs the GoPro which continues to snap away.
Christian, who is studying in Bangkok, added: “The selfie happened while I was feeding the elephant bananas.
“I ran out of bananas so it grabbed my GoPro by the handle while it was on time-lapse.
“Luckily elephants are very gentle and I got it back with one of the best photos I have ever gotten.
“My girlfriend and I are travelling next to the Philippines where I hope to get a selfie with a whale shark, the world’s biggest fish.”