In the cute factor department, this video of a baby elephant dashing out of the brush after its mother ranks way up there, even if it is only 22 seconds long.
The elephant family was captured on video by duhski8 while on safari in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Called 'Elephant Love,' the serenity of the African bush is barely disturbed as a momma elephant walks almost silently across the path in front of the camera.
Behind mom is a juvenile elephant who obviously having had lessons in dignified grace, crosses the path in the very same manner. The two elephants are so quiet in fact, that you can almost hear a pin drop. Even an approaching truck fails to hurry the sturdy gait of two of earth's largest land mammals.
But it all proved too much for the calf, who perhaps decided that he didn't like the noise at all, and was way too far away from mom for comfort. The person filming the elephants, knows the baby elephant is there, but doesn't fully appreciate his cuteness until with tail erect, he shoots out of the brush at a swift gait.
"Oh my God," says the female behind the camera reverently, obviously realizing how precious the scene before her is.
It must have been the experience of a lifetime for the observer, and the only thing really missing, was the little fella trumpeting.
The 1,096 sq mile Tarangire National Park in Babati, Tanzania, has herds of up to 300 elephants and offers guided walking safaris, says Tanzania Parks.com.