After a 22 month long gestation period, an elephant at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in England gave birth to the most adorable baby boy ever. The gestation period is so long, in part, so that the infant can do things like walk around on its own almost as soon as its born.
In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating effects of the slightly fermented juice.
Every day, poachers kill 96 elephants in Africa. That's something to keep in mind today, the 45th Earth Day. The celebration was first proposed in 1969 at a UNESCO conference as a day to recognize the environment and the hope for world peace.
A 10-day-old African elephant (Loxodonta africana) somehow became separated from its herd and wandered into a house at the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve in Zululand, South Africa.
Just in case your cold, cold heart needed any more evidence that other animals can have fun, watch this video of Beco, a 5-year-old elephant at the Columbus Zoo, play with a ball.
Origami artist Sipho Mabona and his crew spent four weeks carefully folding a 50-by-50-foot sheet of paper into a 10-foot-tall elephant sculpture, showing the artistic potential of a single sheet of paper.
If I could choose any animal to grace my family's coat of arms, it would be this trunktacled elephant/octopus hybrid (which we will refer to as the cthulhuphant), created by Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz.
'Tis the season to bring the cuteness. And what's cuter than a baby elephant playing on the beach? Nothing. End of discussion.
In my eternal quest to find a massive optical illusion to rival the famous Face of Mars, we may have finally found a winner. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Elephant of Mars, as spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
In my continuing efforts to highlight which members of the animal kingdom are just total jerks - looking at you, freeloading wolves! - I present the case of farm-raiding, crop-stealing elephants, and the young elephants who follow their bad example.
We're used to mice being small and elephants being big, but there's no reason they will stay that way forever. Elephants could become pipsqueaks and mice could get mammoth... and one of those will happen much faster than the other.