Adorable snaps showing baby elephants fighting with trunks entwined

These adorable photos capture the moment two baby elephants entwined in a play fight.
Cute African elephants are grabbed by their entwined bodies and gently pushing each other in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.

Taken by professional photographer Anne Laing, 59, the youngsters are learning how to use and control their trunks.

Anne, from Pretoria, South Africa, said: “There are a lot of other animals in Addo, but I go there mainly to shoot elephants.

“I always spend the day in the park from before 7 am to 6 pm.

“The best way to find elephants in Addo, where the vegetation is really dense, is to drive slowly and listen to them break branches then people know they are nearby.

“Twisting a trunk is something that baby elephants often do when playing with each other, but it also teaches them how to take full control of their trunks.

“They are also mimicking adult behavior as it is a form of greeting.

“Until they are three months old, they can’t control their trunks, and they hang around, but as they get older, they have to be able to use them like humans would use their arms, hands, and straws – to drink water. ”

Anne, who has been photographing for about 35 years, also snapped the elephants drinking and spraying each other.

“Water is important for elephants because they need to drink every day, with adults drinking up to 150 liters per day.

“In one photo after drinking, they use their trunks to spray water on their bodies to keep cool.

“They often have to walk many miles to find water to drink and then walk many more miles away from the water again, so need to try and keep cool.”

In another tender moment, a mother was photographed stroking her baby with her trunk.

Anne said: ‘The mother elephant is caressing her baby with her trunk – their trunks are very sensitive to touch.’

In addition to wildlife photography, professional photographer Anne also shoots sports, including the Rugby, cricket, and soccer World Cups in South Africa, France, England, and the 2016 Brazil Olympics.

“I try and make as many wildlife trips as possible and hope to one day make it to Antarctica,” said Anne.

“I also hope to shoot the next Rugby World Cup and the Olympics in Japan.”

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