Playing With A Baby Elephant Looks Like The Most Fun

Jan 4, 2016 By Michael W. Pirrone

If you asked anyone on the street which animal most closely resembled humans, it’s a safe bet most people would go with the obvious choice of chimpanzee. However, elephants have a surprising number of things in common. Their maturity cycle and social culture both resemble humans in many ways, especially as they enter adolescence and begin to learn how to live as adults. But nothing really shows how similar two species are than their babies. This toddler elephant might not look much like a human child, but when you see how joyfully he plays with these two people and how much interest and excitement he has for the world, you might wonder if we’re really that different at all.

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