Using the trunk to feel about under water for a suitable plant, grasping its stems with the trunk to stabilize it, and using a forefoot to "slice" through the stems to separate it from the roots. 

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

This behavior occurs in the following context(s): Foraging & Comfort Technique


Context: Conflict & Confrontation (1)

A young male is feeding on water lilies. Notice how he feels around under water for a clump, grasps it with his trunk and then uses his foot to slice through it and dislodge it. (Gorongosa, Mozambique)