Baby elephants playing

Elephants crossing river by Ryan Driemeyer

It’s been all leopards, lions and Wild dogs around here lately, so we decided that it was time for some comic relief in the form of our younger pachyderms. The word refers to a grouping of thick-skinned animals such as the rhino, hippo, and of course, the ellie.

Interestingly, it can also be used in relation to a person that is not affected by (does not care about) what others say about him or her.

Andrew Batchelor is responsible for this very entertaining clip of young elephants doing what toddlers do best – play. Although they’re having tons of fun while doing it, playing is also an integral part of developing their skills for the future. Young elephant bulls in particular spend a lot of time sparing. They come together until the base of their trunks engage, after which the aim of the game is to push their opponent’s head down and backwards. Once they are older and their tusks have arrived, they’re not shy about using these sharp appendages for added leverage.

And just like their human counterparts, they’re inclined to run everywhere, even though they’re sometimes a little unsteady on their feet.

Happy almost weekend folks, enjoy!

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