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Baby Elephant Tries To Intimidate Cameraman In Adorable Video


Adorable footage of a baby elephant trying to ‘bully’ a cameraman has gone viral online.

The video, posted to Reddit’s “Aww” forum by u/ChrisPChicken04, garnered more than 15,000 upvotes and nearly 200 comments from charmed Redditors, who believe the little animal was practicing a “mock” accusation.

According to South African news site News24, false accusation is a tactic used by elephants to determine whether someone is a threat or not. And according to a study published in the Journal of Biodiversity and Endangered Speciesfalse accusations tend to be somewhat theatrical.

“Visual cues may include loud ear flapping, turning of the trunk, vocal sounds (may include trumpeting), rocking of one of the front legs back and forth, rocking to one side to the other, kicking the dust, lifting the tail, etc.” explain the authors of the study.

Adorable images of a baby elephant trying to ‘bully’ someone have gone viral online. The elephant appeared to perform a “simulated” charge.
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“An agitated elephant may run a few paces towards the intruder and then move away, making trumpet sounds, in an effort to scare the intruder away. If that fails, it may launch a more serious attack – a charge simulated resulting in an impressive display within a short distance of the intruder,” the study authors continued.

Real charges, on the other hand, tend to be much more “silent” and involve fewer clues.

While the baby elephant seen in u/ChrisPChicken04’s post doesn’t make a sound, he does put on a bit of a show when noticing he’s being filmed.

In the clip, the baby stops and stares at the camera operator before fanning his ears and charging them. However, as the elephant gets closer to the camera operator, it slows down and rushes to the right, eventually taking refuge behind a nearby bush.

In the background, two larger elephants roam around, seemingly oblivious to being filmed.

Commenters loved the video and called the fake baby load “precious”.

“‘I’m going to scare you… From behind that tree,'” u/PowerRealist joked.

“How funny! In twenty years, it will be terrifying!” exclaimed u/Dliltsadwj.

“Damn that’s cute,” u/DLoIsHere commented.

“He said you don’t want what’s in that safe boy!” joked u/Chrisscott25.

“I know this baby still weighs several hundred pounds and could probably flatten me if he wanted to, but he’s just too much. [small] scare,” u/macespadawan87 wrote.

Redditor u/Brookelette89 added, “This is so precious.”

Other elephant videos that have gone viral include a TikTok showing a family of elephants walking past a South African hotel room, a video of an elephant calling on humans to help save a drowning antelope, and a clip of a mother elephant thanking rescuers for pulling her baby out of a well.


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