Animals

By Jamie Smith


These baby elephants have a TRUNK load of love for each other, even if their relationship is a little tangled.

The African elephants were pictured standing together and entwining their trunks in a sweet display of affection.

The touching embrace was captured by South African architect Dave Barnes in Kruger National Park.

Pic By Dave Barnes/Caters News 

Dave, from Pretoria, said: “Elephants are highly social animals with a complex range of behaviours, frequently touching and caressing one another and entwining their trunks.

“I came across these two young African elephants locking trunks in a touching embrace and managed to catch it on camera.

“Elephants use their trunks much like people use their hands, and the ends of their trunks are more sensitive than human fingerprints.

Pic By Dave Barnes/Caters News 

“Elephants stroke or caress each other’s heads and backs with their trunks to console or comfort loved ones.

“I find it cathartic to sit and watch elephant behaviour and often sit for hours observing the antics of a herd of elephants.”