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Please Enjoy This Very Good Elephant Casually Strolling Around A Hotel

If you get to your hotel and it doesn’t have a live-in dog, cat or flock of ducks, you should check out immediately. But when it comes to animals in hotels, the Jetwing Yala in Sri Lanka has gone big — literally.

Twitter user @upidaisy shared a video of an elephant in her hotel, and wrote: “woke up to a text from my mom about how a wild elephant went into a Sri Lankan hotel and gently wandered around while poking stuff with his trunk”.

The video, taken by her mum, racked up more than 5 million views in a single day. People are obsessed with this polite elephant calmly wandering the halls of the hotel lobby.

But truly the best part of this story is that we know whomst this gentle giant is. His name is Natta Kota, or Short Tail, and he’s a regular guest at the hotel, according to the BBC.

Natta Kota’s been visiting the hotel, that sits on the edge of a national park, since 2013. At the start, he also appeared at a few nearby resorts, but recently he seems to have settled down.

“A few years ago, he took up permanent residence at Jetwing where he is allowed to be at peace. Natta Kota spends his days sleeping in the shade of the scrubs and taking walks along the hotel’s footpaths,” a Jetwing spokesperson told the BBC.

Admittedly, Natta Kota isn’t always this well behaved. Hotel staff threw him under the bus for stealing food from the kitchen and other guest’s cars. But who could stay mad at this certified good boy, who’s better behaved than most human guests anyway.

Ready to plan your Sri Lankan holiday now? It’s an essential bucket list spot for nature lovers, with balmy weather, great surfing conditions and plenty more animal encounters. You can even stay in a two-storey villa shaped like an elephant.

(Lead image: The Simpsons)