This is the adorable moment a baby elephant calf completely destroyed a 12 stone cake sanctuary staff had made for his grandmother. In the now viral clip, the calf, who lives at the Samui Elephant Haven, in Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand ran and jumped on the cake in an attempt to stop his grandmother from eating it. The clip that was originally shared by the on Instagram by the sanctuary and has been watched nearly four million times on Twitter, with the young animal stepping on the cake within minutes of seeing it.
Before going on about the baby elephant, we should introduce the grandmother. Sri Nin, at 70-years-old, is the oldest elephant in this sanctuary. This aged elephant had worked twenty years in the logging industry, transporting large teak wood trunks and logs. After the government of Thailand ᴏᴜᴛʟᴀᴡᴇᴅ this practice in 1989, Sri Nin was in a riding camp; until she was ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ and found her forever home in Samui Elephant Havens. Sri Nin had a rough life, to begin with, as her tail was ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ ᴏꜰꜰ by another elephant when she was a baby. She is also blind in one eye. In her old age, she moves very slowly and is described as a quiet elephant. She can no longer tolerate hard foods like raw pumpkin and prefers to consume cooked rice and boiled pumpkin instead.
Two-year-old Haven, on the other hand, is the first calf born at the sanctuary. The caretakers say that he is a polite and friendly baby elephant but sometimes naughty because of his young age. He also loves to eat watermelons. The sanctuary offer a £110 service where animal lovers can donated a jumbo rice, pumpkin, watermelon, bananas and grape cake to the sanctuary in exchange for a personalised video. This time Sri Nin got a personalized cake decorated with two names and a figure holding a soccer ball. Slices of watermelons are placed around the cake like flower petals to make it look like a ɢɪᴀɴᴛ flower. The cake is made entirely out of rice, pumpkin, and fruit.
In the hilarious video, we can see the grandmother slowly plodding towards the cake while the energetic Haven races to the spot. At first, Haven simply inspects the cake with his grandma. The trouble begins when he crosses under her trunk and slips on the cake. As if it was the cake’s fault, he backs away and sᴍᴀsʜᴇs his face on the cake with both his front feet on the ground and his cute ʀᴜᴍᴘ in the air.
Meanwhile, Sri Nin patiently inspects and smells the cake. She starts to eat and pays little attention to Haven, who ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋs the cake in every way possible before finally taking a slice of watermelon to eat. As the calm grandmother tried to catch food with her trunk, the baby could be seen circling the confection, slipping on the food and spreading it all over the grass. The little elephant, who, it seemed, didn’t know how to use his trunk properly to feed himself, ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ his head in the food turning the white cake into a brown sludge. All through the scene, the calf’s grandmother kept on eating calmly, without stopping the baby from destroying her meals.
After some time, he managed to grab a bit of watermelon with his trunk and to guide it to his mouth. The fun does not stop there. Haven rocks back and forth as if thinking whether or not he should ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ the cake again. But the latest one seemed to go very wrong when the cheeky animal sat on the cake, before spitting a piece of half-chewed watermelon out. With his lower body and trunk smeared with food, our cheeky boy sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇs to free his trunk, which ɢᴏᴛ sᴛᴜᴄᴋ in between his legs. The clip shows the elephant walking around the cake to get a slice of watermelon, but the animal ended up stepping right on it and destroying it.
The baby was called a ‘ᴍᴇɴᴀᴄᴇ’ online, as parents of young children lamented the video is not too different from what they experience at home. One wrote: “Why are toddlers of every species a ᴍᴇɴᴀᴄᴇ. A ᴍᴇɴᴀᴄᴇ and she knows it. When she picked up that one little bit of fruit after sitting on the cake.” But when someone asked how the grandmother could stay so calm while the baby wreaked havoc on her snack, one wrote: “They get ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ for 3 years do you know the kind of patience they have.”
The staffers had assumed Haven would enjoy the cake with his grandma but never guessed he would demolish the cake in such a way. The representative staff said: “It’s okay, because baby elephants are naughty and we can’t control them. Finally, we knew that grandma would eat all of the cake!” The Samui Elephant Havens was founded in 2018 by animal-lover Maew Suriya. The sanctuary has saved 14 elephants from Thailand’s tourist-trekking industry. Thanks to Samui Elephant Haven and other sanctuaries around the world for providing forever homes for ᴀʙᴜsᴇᴅ, ɴᴇɢʟᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ, and ʟᴏsᴛ animals.