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Written by: Lisl Moolman

At the end of June 2016 I was enjoying a morning drive in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and, as I made my way to Phalaborwa Gate, I saw a small herd of elephants feeding on the side of the road.


Upon approaching the herd, I saw an elephant calf playfully running around, while the rest of the herd seemed relaxed and continued feeding. The little calf didn’t have a playmate and seemed bored, so it tried its best to keep itself entertained.

It sat down, resting its head on its front legs. Then it shook its head and trunk around, reaching out at grass stems to occasionally have a nibble. It then stood up and pretended to charge me several times. However, it didn’t make any noise and it really seemed like it was simply looking for someone to play with.

When the baby received no response, it moved to some mopani bushes and started to beat at them with his trunk. I couldn’t help but laugh.

The little pachyderm then indignantly stormed away into the bush.

Watch this little calf try to amuse itself here:


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