Baby Elephants’ Adorable Tangle Caught on Camera in South Africa

A heartwarming moment was captured on camera as two playful baby elephants entwined their trunks during a play fight in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa.

Anne Laing, a professional photographer from Pretoria, managed to snap these delightful images of the young African elephants learning to control their trunks.

Laing, a photographer for 35 years, is passionate about capturing elephant images and often spends entire days in the park.


She recommends driving slowly and listening to the sound of breaking branches in the dense vegetation to locate these majestic creatures.

The two young elephants got their trunks in a twist during a play fight. Source: Anne Laing/Mercury Press

Young elephants often twist their trunks while play-fighting, which helps them learn to control their boxes and imitate adult behavior.

For the first three months of their lives, baby elephants have little control over their packages, but as they grow older, they learn to use them like a combination of an arm, hand, and straw to drink water.


Laing’s photographs also depict the elephants drinking and spraying water on one another, highlighting the importance of water for these animals. Adult elephants can drink up to 150 liters daily and often travel many miles searching for water.

The two elephants were photographed tangling their trunks at the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa. Source: Anne Laing/Mercury Press

One moving image showcases a mother elephant affectionately stroking her baby with her sensitive trunk.

Laing’s impressive portfolio includes photos from major sporting events, such as the rugby, cricket, and football World Cups and the Rio Olympics in 2016.


She plans to continue her wildlife photography adventures and hopes to photograph the next Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Anne Laing, who took the photographs, also caught this touching image of a mother elephant stroking her baby. Source: Anne Laing/Mercury Press
Source: Anne Laing/Mercury Press