One day, Elephant was at the river, and was kneeling down drinking from the fresh water. Crocodile swam past and, feeling particularly hungry, saw an opportunity for a good meal. He swam stealthily up to where Elephant was, and suddenly lunged out of the water and grabbed her by the nose. Elephant was startled, and tried to pull away, but Crocodile had a firm grip on her nose and used all his strength to try to pull Elephant into the water.
However, Elephant was also very strong, and she dug her feet into the bank and fought back. The 2 battled for hours, and with every pull and tug, Elephant's nose stretched a little more. Eventually, Crocodile became too tired to pull any more, and let go of Elephant. She ran off with her now very long nose hanging down in front of her and went to hide in the bush as she was too embarrassed to face the other animals.
Soon, Elephant realized that her new stretched nose was more useful than her small snout. She was able to reach food and drink without kneeling any more, and could even reach high branches and pull them down to eat the fruit and leaves. All the other Elephants soon wanted a long trunk too, and they too visited the river and dared the Crocodile to try and pull them into the water.
The Elephants always won these tug-of-wars and ended up with stretched snouts while Crocodile remained hungry. To this day, all Elephants have long trunks rather than a small snout, and Crocodiles know it is a waste of time attacking Elephants when they drink at the water's edge.