VIDEO: Mac the elephant steals a woman’s hat

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Hat’s mine! Mac the elephant snatches woman’s hat and hides it in its mouth before returning it in cheeky prank

  • The woman was visiting Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservancy in Harare 
  • The woman was standing in front of the elephant while a friend was filming her 
  • After a few moments, the elephant returned the slightly soggy hat to the woman 


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This is the hilarious moment a cheeky elephant stole the hat off a woman – and then returned it when she asked.

Angeline Cesar was standing in front of the giant pachyderm who grabbed her hat. 

She turned around after her hat was stolen and pleaded with elephant, known as Mac, to return it. 

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Angeline Cesar was standing in front of Max the elephant at the Imire Wildlife Conservancy outside Harare, Zimbabwe

Angeline Cesar was standing in front of Max the elephant at the Imire Wildlife Conservancy outside Harare, Zimbabwe

The elephant used his trunk to swipe the hat from the top of the Ms Cesar's head

The elephant used his trunk to swipe the hat from the top of the Ms Cesar’s head 

After a few moments, the elephant removed the hat from his mouth and gave it back to Ms Cesar

After a few moments, the elephant removed the hat from his mouth and gave it back to Ms Cesar

The incident happened at the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservancy outside Harare, Zimbabwe. 

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After a few seconds, Mac pulled the hat out of his mouth and returned the hat, which had been slightly crushed by the elephant. 

Ms Cesar began laughing as a result of her misfortune. 

Melinda Champion asked: ‘Awesome experience with this gentle giant don’t think she’ll be wearing that hat again but what a Momento.’  

Replying to the question, Ms Cesar – who is based in the US but from Zimbabwe, revealed that the hat was fine and she is ‘still wearing it’. 

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Donna Vail, commenting on the video, suggested the elephant must not have liked the taste of the hat as it returned it to Ms Cesar. 

Mary Bak added: ‘Love this photo . Those friendly giants are so intelligent.’ 

The wildlife centre is 90 minutes outside Harare and features elephants and rhinos. 

According to the park: ‘Our mission is to protect endangered wildlife in Africa and support the conservation of all wildlife. 

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‘We strongly believe that rural communities and conservation programmes can thrive side by side, working together to ensure the protection of our natural heritage. 

‘At Imire, our aim is to enhance the relationship between tourism, conservation projects and communities. We do this through long-term sustainable environmental management and community projects that have a positive and lasting impact for all.’ 

The woman isn’t the first person to have suffered elephant related theft. 

The animal holds up traffic, which is forced to wait behind the lorry as it takes the hay 

The animal holds up traffic, which is forced to wait behind the lorry as it takes the hay 

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 A farmer in the Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima province, central Thailand was helpless when an elephant stole hay from his truck.

As he senses something is not quite right, the driver of the lorry stops and the gigantic creature wastes no time in nabbing a bale.

It then kicks it apart, playfully flinging bits of it over his back before chomping on some as a snack.

As the male elephant plays with its food, the lorry driver cautiously drives off, followed by a stream of vehicles.

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Park boss Kanchit Srinoppawan said he had asked an employee to go and buy the hay to help mark out the route for a marathon that was due to take place in the area.

He said he was surprised the elephant had picked exactly the right moment to wait by the road.

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