An elephant can’t gallop, jump, or leap, but it can swim quite well.
Water is bouyant and supports an elephant’s immense weight.
When an elephant makes it to water that’s deep enough to submerse itself in, it will often swim for miles as part of a trek.
That’s not surprising. Consider for a moment the elephant’s weight:
An Indian elephant supports about 11,000 pounds of weight on its feet every day; an African elephant, over 15,000.
An elephant will choose floating and kicking over marching or running any day.