An individual moving in an awkward or laborious manner, typically crawling on the hind knees and on the front wrists. Often observed when an elephant is climbing up an embankment, out of a mudwallow or pool or when climbing on top of one another during play, where the collective behaviors are termed Climb-Upon.

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

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Lone & Object Play, Maintenance, Social Play


Context: Maintenance (1)

A young male is Mud-Splashing at Lengkolong and then Clambers up the bank and out of the water. He Head-Shakes and Head-Waggles as he makes it up and walks off. (Amboseli, Kenya)


Context: Maintenance (2)

A family of elephants crosses a river in the Maasai Mara and Clambers up the bank on the other side. (Maasai Mara, Kenya)