There is no denying that all babies are adorable, but there’s something about baby elephants that gets me every time! Elephants are truly fascinating creatures. They are the largest living land animals, they can live to be more than 80 years old, and they work together in big families. However, when they’re small, it can take some getting used to having big, clunky feet and not knowing how to properly use their trunks, like this little cutie learned to do.
Baby elephants are truly adorable, but as you can see in the following video, they’re also completely clumsy, too. This baby elephant is going to get to grow up happy and free, thanks to the folks at Elephant Nature Park, at Chiang Mai, Thailand. This little guy proves that not only people can be hams when it comes to a camera rolling. He can’t help but want to be the center of attention and sᴛᴇᴀʟs the show!
The day in the life of an elephant calf is pretty sweet, grazing around and discovering new things. The tiny baby is just walking around – no differently than he usually does – when he comes across a log and just can’t help but to start exploring. Watching this guy struggle to climb on top of the ɢɪᴀɴᴛ log, but have the best time enjoying the sunshine and green grass really brings me back to childhood. It’s like this cutie-pie knows exactly where the camera is hiding and starts to show off.
The rest of the herd is oblivious to the little one’s theatrics and continues to graze. This guy is too cute for words. Watch him romp and play with the leaves, a fallen tree trunk and, I am pretty sure I saw him posing for the camera a few times too. And the noises he makes just enhance his ‘performance’ even more.
Play is an important part of every elephant’s life, and it doesn’t stop when childhood ends. Elephants are known to playfully socialize into adulthood, often employing “toys” like sticks, rocks, and bones. They frequently trumpet ᴡɪʟᴅʟʏ while socializing, a possible sign of laughter that encourages socialization. While playtime might seem ꜰʀɪᴠᴏʟᴏᴜs, researchers have discovered that elephants who play are more popular, more likely to grow up to be leaders, and are more ʀᴇsɪsᴛᴀɴᴛ to environmental sᴛʀᴇssᴏʀs like drought.
Lek is known as “the elephant whisperer,” she began the Elephant Nature Park 20 years ago as a safe-haven for the ᴍᴀᴊᴇsᴛɪᴄ animals. Elephants in the area are ᴍɪsᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴇᴅ in the tourism and logging industries in Thailand. At Elephant Nature Park you can you can feed and visit with these animals or help give them a mud bath like this adorable video shows, but you won’t see any painting, dancing, or giving rides. A large part of visits include learning about the past of each elephant as well.