Smiling baby elephant rolling on the ground with older pal

These heartwarming pictures show a young elephant playing with an older companion before larking around in the grass.

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

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.

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.

The cute photos show the ferocious calf Stompie, which is Afrikaans for Stumpy, affectionately pressing his trunk against his teenage companion with a plea to gently play.

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.

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.

‘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’.

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.

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.

Unable to resist the calf’s allure, the older elephant spent half an hour playing with him, finally having to face the ground when a delighted Stompie climbed onto his head at Addo Elephant National Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

 

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