Do animals take baths?
While they can’t just turn on the taps, many animals bathe to stay clean, cool and healthy. Birds splash themselves with water to keep their feathers in good condition and Japanese macaques relax and groom in hot springs, while bears, moose and even tigers will wade into rivers and lakes.
For many animals – from gerbils and chickens to elephants and ostriches – rolling in dust and mud is preferred. Mud baths protect the skin from burning and drying out, and dust is an efficient tool for getting rid of parasites in the fur, feathers or skin.