It wasn’t the best place for him to take a nap – but at five-and-a-half tons, Five the African elephant can pretty much sleep where he likes.
So there the 20-year-old beast stayed, down on all fours and firmly in the land of nod, while visitors to his safari park home were forced to queue on the road he was blocking.
The comic pictures were taken by head keeper Andy Plumb, who rushed to grab his camera when he spotted Five.
Ready for my close-up: Five the elephant strikes a pose in front of a queue of traffic at a safari park in the West Midlands
He said: ‘There was a bit of a traffic jam which lasted a fair amount of time as Five was out for the count and there are rocks along the road to stop drivers leaving the track.
‘I think the sun was getting a bit too much for him and he simply had no energy left and just settled down where he was.
‘When I arrived there was a queue of traffic forming and it just got bigger – he’s a bit of a character so I’m not surprised he decided to crash out on a road.
‘When he eventually woke up I don’t think he knew what all the fuss was about. There was a big cheer and he just wandered off looking for somewhere else to sleep.
‘We all had a good laugh about it for the rest of the day.’
Big laughs: Zookeeper Andy Plumb managed to capture the comic snaps of Five the elephant at the safari park
By ARTHUR MARTIN FOR THE DAILY MAIL