Meet the latest selfie craze – the elphie! Traveller gets up close and personal with elephant when beast grabs camera and snaps picture with trunk

A lucky tourist managed to perfect the latest selfie craze – the ‘elphie’ – when an elephant grabbed his camera and started snapping pictures with his trunk.

Christian LeBlanc, 22, was feeding the elephant in Koh Phangan, Thailand, when he ran out of bananas.

He claims the plucky beast nabbed his go pro while it was on the time lapse setting and ended up taking the incredible snaps.

The 22-year-old was feeding the elephant in Koh Phangan, Thailand, when he ran out of bananas

The 22-year-old was feeding the elephant in Koh Phangan, Thailand, when he ran out of bananas

Christian from Vancouver, Canada, said: “It’s definitely my best selfie and quite possibly the best ever.”

In the amazing series of photos, Christian can be seen offering taking a few selfies himself before offering the last banana to the elephant.

He claims the plucky beast nabbed his go pro while it was on the time lapse

He claims the plucky beast nabbed his go pro while it was on the time lapse

Then before he can step away to gather more treats for the elephant his trunk reaches out and nabs the GoPro which continues to snap away.

Christian, who is studying in Bangkok, added: “The selfie happened while I was feeding the elephant bananas.

“I ran out of bananas so it grabbed my GoPro by the handle while it was on timelapse.

Christian from Vancouver, Canada, said: "It's definitely my best selfie and quite possibly the best ever."

Christian from Vancouver, Canada, said: “It’s definitely my best selfie and quite possibly the best ever.”

“Luckily elephants are very gentle and I got it back with one of the best photos I have ever gotten.

“My girlfriend and I are travelling next to the Philippines where I hope to get a selfie with a whale shark, the world’s biggest fish.”

Christian LeBlanc managed to perfect the latest selfie craze – the 'elphie'

Christian LeBlanc managed to perfect the latest selfie craze – the ‘elphie’