As if animals weren't cute enough already, they also come in mini-versions! Check out more adorable animal GIFs and be prepared to "aww" out loud. These animals will have you begging to adopt one in no time.
A recent video on the internet has gone viral, after a baby elephant was caught on camera jumping into the water to save a man that appeared to be "drowning." While the man happened to be swimming, and he was originally terrified to see the large animal rushing towards him, he eventually realized its intentions.
The baby elephant arrived and protected the man from the current, allowing him to hang onto its trunk and leg as he made his way to the bank. Truly there is nothing in this world like the heart of animals. They are sometimes more human than people can ever be.
Happy World Elephant Day! This auspicious day to recognize how much we love these gentle giants of the Savanna, and appreciate the dangers they face from mankind's ever-expanding swathe of deforestation and encroachment into historical habitats for many animals, including elephants of all species and locales. First celebrated in 2012, World Elephant Day is celebrated on August 12th every year. So in honor of this extremely important day, we've put together a list of some interesting facts about these creatures you might not have known.
If you want to get even more background on this day, and why it exists in the first place, you can check out some of these links:
The description of this image posted on Instagram includes a statement from Prince Harry in an effort to bring attentio to conservation of elephants and rhinos who are hunted for their horns and ivory.
Prince Harry has released this personal photo taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the photograph... "After a very long day in Kruger National Park, with five rhinos sent to new homes and three elephants freed from their collars - like this sedated female - I decided to take a moment. I know how lucky I am to have these experiences, but hearing stories from people on the ground about how bad the situation really is, upset and frustrated me. How can it be that 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year alone? None of them had names, so do we not care? And for what? Their tusks? Seeing huge carcasses of rhinos and elephants scattered across Africa, with their horns and tusks missing is a pointless waste of beauty." Photograph © Prince Harry
He also shared a video where he meets a baby orphaned rhino.
Prince Harry has released this personal video taken during his summer visit to southern Africa. Here Prince Harry shares his story behind the video... "These baby rhinos are at an orphanage because their mothers were killed by poachers. I can't say where this is for obvious reasons. But I spent an afternoon with Petronel Nieuwoubt who runs the orphanage. The youngest rhino was called Don. He was just two months old when he was found in Kruger National Park. Petronel has students and volunteers from all over the world come to look after these orphans. They pay for this experience and that money is used for milk, food, fencing and rangers for security." For more information go to: www.careforwild.co.za Video ©Prince Harry
Meet Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian elephant at the Smithsonian's National Zoo who composes her own tunes on harmonicas, horns, or whatever else her keepers provide.
According to keepers:
She will use her trunk to cover anything with a hole in it and blow until it makes a sound -- and will often coax the objects to get different types of sounds from it. She taps objects with her trunk and flaps her ears against objects that make noise.
This video is a compilation of some her most recent work.
A shopping center in suburban Cork, Ireland, got a surprise visit from an escaped Indian elephant on the lam from a nearby circus.
The petulant pachyderm refused to be led away by its handler and took off down the street. Two circus employees eventually stopped the elephant at a traffic light as it was heading for Blackpool Shopping Centre and managed to escort it home.
No one was injured in the elephant escape attempt, but one shopper contacted police to report damage to his parked car.