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October 20, 2012 6:46 AM   Subscribe

Tired of cute kitty videos? Here's a cute baby elephant video with a dramatic confrontation, a car chase, a saved-in-the-nick-of-time rescue and a happy ending (SL BBC).
posted by aqsakal (25 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
I needed that today. Thanks, aqsakal. (Baby elephants! Better than kittens!)
posted by catlet at 7:03 AM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Love it. At the end, when the momma and baby are running toward each other, and then the mom just stops once she gets over her initial excitement, it's so human. The typical, "OMG THANK GOODNESS MY BABY IS OK" giving way to, "but now that you're safe, don't ever do that again or I'll kill you myself."
posted by phunniemee at 7:04 AM on October 20, 2012 [5 favorites]


Awwwwwwwww!!!!
posted by windykites at 7:34 AM on October 20, 2012


Hurray for rescued baby elephants!
posted by onlyconnect at 7:37 AM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


This baby elephant clearly watched some Maru videos and hoped to become an internet sensation by jumping in and out of boxes. Boxes being in short supply, she chose a well. She may need to refine her technique some, since it's not as easy as Maru makes it look.

It's hard being an internet animal meme!
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:40 AM on October 20, 2012 [4 favorites]


Note to self: ululate to drive off wild elephants
posted by Egg Shen at 7:58 AM on October 20, 2012 [9 favorites]


That little, wet elephant running full speed towards it's mother was one of the greatest things I've ever seen.
posted by Eekacat at 8:01 AM on October 20, 2012 [7 favorites]


That little, wet elephant running full speed towards it's mother was one of the greatest things I've ever seen.

I know, it just seemed like she got out of the well and started running flat out, and the only thing in her head is "mom mom mom mom mom mom."
posted by sweetkid at 8:24 AM on October 20, 2012 [9 favorites]


ululate to drive off wild elephants

It helps to be in a growling 2-ton metal animal while you do it.
posted by carsonb at 8:46 AM on October 20, 2012


Aww, so happy they got reunited! Good job, ululating lady's team!
posted by misha at 9:03 AM on October 20, 2012


Way to make me have to redo my mascara *happy tears*

Elephants are one of my favorite animals evar. Especially baby elephants.
posted by littlesq at 10:09 AM on October 20, 2012


Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes I quite enjoy and admire my fellow human beings.
posted by pdxpogo at 11:20 AM on October 20, 2012


Tired of cute kitty videos?

Is that even possible?
posted by Malor at 11:53 AM on October 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Related post.
posted by homunculus at 12:00 PM on October 20, 2012


Tired of cute kitty videos?

Is that even possible?


So, as it turns out, nope.
posted by Malor at 2:41 PM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just watched it again, realized she runs straight to her mom and starts nursing.

So sweet.
posted by zia at 2:51 PM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Just wondering if it might have been less of a risk to the baby if they had broken out some shovels and dug a ramp the baby could have used to just walk up and out. Whatever. She seemed unhurt by the ropes.
posted by notreally at 3:11 PM on October 20, 2012


Woof Woof Woof!

What's that, Lassie? An elephant fell down a well?!?
posted by vytae at 4:30 PM on October 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


Not to be That Guy, but I feel it is germaine here to remind y'all that baby elephants are dangerous. Even ones called Mr Shuffles: Taronga zookeeper remains critical but stable.

Please, be careful out there.
posted by Mezentian at 6:12 PM on October 20, 2012


less of a risk to the baby if they had broken out some shovels and dug a ramp

For reals. Dude tried to pull the baby's trunk. That's a no-no, I'm sure. Shovels!
posted by DU at 6:14 PM on October 20, 2012


Maybe they didn't have shovels with them and had to act fast? Also, I'm not sure about well construction but maybe it wasn't just a hole in the ground. There could have been some structural thing that made digging impractical.
posted by sweetkid at 6:33 PM on October 20, 2012


If I were a baby elephant and they called me "Mr. Shuffles," I'd be angry too.
posted by Max Udargo at 8:59 PM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


The horrible thing is that it won't be too long before someone shoots that baby (and its mother) with an AK and saws off its tusks (when they've grown) with a chain saw, leaving the carcasses to rot in the sun and accumulate vulture poop on them.

In the meantime, score one for the elephants!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 10:44 PM on October 20, 2012


Man. And I was afraid I was going to be the downer in this thread.
Well played.

I can't take *any* joy from cute baby elephant videos now.
I'm going to watch some adult elephants get fall down drunk instead.
posted by Mezentian at 4:05 AM on October 21, 2012


Giant elephant scared of tiny squirrel
posted by homunculus at 9:13 AM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


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