Captivating Moments: Young Elephant Persuades Elder to Frolic, Captured in Endearing Photos

The enchanting visuals of a playful, young elephant, nicknamed ‘Stompie’ – translating to ‘Stumpy’ in Afrikaans – coaxing his older companion into a romp have captured hearts worldwide.


The charming photographs reveal Stompie affectionately nudging his elder with his trunk, a silent but persuasive request to play.

In a scene that unfolds at the Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the irresistible charm of the young calf is too much for his older mate to deny.


Yielding to Stompie’s persuasions, the older elephant indulges in a half-hour of fun-filled play, ultimately surrendering to the youthful energy and finding himself face down on the grass, with an elated Stompie clambering over him.

Playtime: Stompie (Afrikaans for Stumpy), the elephant playing with an older elephant in the Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press

These adorable images are a delightful reminder of the genuine bonds and affection that thrive within the animal kingdom.

Dive into these fascinating adorable photos below:

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Family fun: The older elephant was enticed to join in and play with the small one-year-old calf after he affectionately pressed his trunk against his companion. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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Unable to resist: The calf’s charms get the better of the older elephant, and the pair spent half an hour playing, eventually ending up face down on the ground as a delighted Stompie clambered onto his relative’s head. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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Giving up: The calf started off by trumpeting and racing around, then charging and headbutting his relative who was trying to eat, but eventually gave up and joined in the game, said photographer Jen Williams. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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Adorable scene: The sweet moment was captured by amateur wildlife photographer Jeni Williams in Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, who has been doing wildlife photography for 10 years and volunteers at the national park. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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‘Smiling’ faces: Photographer Jeni from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, said: ‘I loved seeing the interaction between the pair and the self-satisfied ‘smirks’ on their faces’. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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Clambering to be together: The 70-year-old gran-of-two, Jen, added: ‘He took part by lying down and allowing Stompie to clamber all over him. After about 30 minutes, the teenager decided the game was over and stood up. The smirks on the faces show that both thoroughly enjoyed it’. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press
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Time to climb: Jen, who on this particular day had been checking waterhole levels, said: ‘Baby elephants love to play and are frequently seen climbing on top of each other, particularly at waterholes. I love spending time at the park and taking photographs. Source: Jeni Williams/Mercury Press

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Canidae Pet Food Reviews: An In-Depth Look

Choosing the right pet food is crucial for the health and well-being of our furry friends. In this blog post, we'll delve deep into Canidae pet food, a popular choice among pet owners, and provide an in-depth review based on various sources.

Canidae is a well-known brand in the pet food industry, offering a range of products designed to cater to pets of all ages, breeds, and sizes.

Product Range:

  • Canidae All-Life Stages (Dry): This vet-formulated product suits dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. It's available in both dry and wet formulas.
  •  Canidae Pure: A limited-ingredient diet crafted for dogs with food sensitivities. Each recipe typically includes 7 to 10 ingredients.

Key Ingredients

The Canidae All Life Stages Multi Protein Formula, which represents the brand's product line, contains ingredients like chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, and barley. Chicken meal, the primary ingredient, is a meat concentrate with nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

Recalls and Safety

Canidae has had recalls in the past. It's essential to stay updated with the brand's recall history to ensure your pet's safety.

Customer Reviews

The Canidae Dog Food product line has earned an overall rating of 4.5 stars from The Dog Food Advisor. The Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food has received the Advisor's second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros: High protein content, suitable for all life stages, contains beneficial ingredients like flaxseed and taurine.
  •  Cons: It contains some controversial ingredients, and not all minerals are chelated, which might affect absorption.


Canidae All Life Stages is a grain-inclusive dry dog food that uses a notable amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein. With an above-average protein content and a profile suggesting a significant amount of meat, it comes highly recommended for pet owners.