Cheeky Addo elephant kicks tortoise like soccer ball
2016-09-20 12:30 - Louzel Lombard
Regardless of their size, elephants are adorable. It is as if the cute factor increases exponentially as the size of an animal increases too!
In another display of their playful, adorable characters, an elephant was caught on camera playing a game of soccer... with a tortoise as a ball!
We admit, the whole scenario might not have been as wonderful to witness for the tortoise as it is for us. But luckily, the torty is able to get away after a few rounds of being dribbled...
While his life remains in tact, the same might not be said for its dignity... shame. The two species do, after all, have equally long life-spans and a reputation of wisdom.
The funny clip was shot in the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, and uploaded to the Best of Africa YouTube channel.
The man behind the camera, Anton Swanepoel, spotted the ellie on 12 September in Addo.
Now the third largest national park in South Africa, Addo Elephant National Park is a is sanctuary to over 600 elephant, lion, buffalo, black rhino, spotted hyena, leopard, a variety of antelope and zebra species, as well as the unique Addo flightless dung beetle, found almost exclusively in Addo.
The park can exclusively claim to be the only national park in the world to conserve the “Big 7” – the Big 5 as well as the southern right whale and great white shark off the Algoa Bay coast.
Plans are currently afoot to include the proposed proclamation of a 120 000 hectare Marine Protected Area which includes islands that are home to the world's largest breeding populations of Cape gannets and second largest breeding population of African penguins.