There is no doubt that baby elephants are cute.
These gentle giants have big hearts not only for their families but also for humans.
Many videos emerging online show how elephants care for their human companion, with some clips revealing how protective they can be when their human pal needs help.
A photographer was taking pictures in Mana Pools National Park when he saw an elephant and her baby.
Jens Cullmann caught the hilarious moment the baby elephant followed closely behind but her mama accidentally pooped on its head.
It would be a lovely scene if Cullman had not caught the moment a large chunk of poop landed on the baby elephant’s little head.
But the little one doesn’t mind and actually came back for more!
“I think the mum knew what she was doing because she did it a few times and it was a few times that the baby got s*** balls on his head actually,” 50-year-old Jens said.
“It wasn’t just that one, it was two or three. And the baby didn’t go away either. It was a few times that it hit it on the head actually.
“What I’ve heard is that when the baby get dung on it, it helps boost the baby’s immune system and maybe it’s some kind of bonding with the mother as well.
“I got photos of the calf looking towards me and then it gets up and the mum turns around and the calf follows her and then she drops her dung on him.
“The photos were exciting for me, I have to admit. Friends and family I’ve shown them to think they’re hilarious. Everyone was just ‘wow wow wow’.”
Jens said that the mother and baby elephant were skinny because of a bad dry season in which many animals suffered and passed away.
“In Mana Pools this year it was very dry and a lot of animals suffered. The mother was a very skinny elephant as well. A lot of elephants and baby elephants died because of [the drought].”
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