A Maasai legend tells the story of the day that the undeniable king of the savanna, the elephant, decided to challenge the Rain God. He tore up the trees, the bushes and the grass with his trunk to destroy all the green of the earth that the Rain God had created. This angered the God so he stopped sending rain and soon the desert began taking over all of the lands. The elephant was desperate; he was thirsty and hungry. He repented and apologized to the Rain God and asked him to send rain so the green would grow back and he would have water to drink.