By Joe McFarlane
An adorable pair of elephant calves got a little too close to a safari jeep, causing a nervous mother to intervene.
A group of tourists visiting the Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa received a visit from a pair of cute and curious baby elephants.
The little calves, clearly intrigued by the safari jeep, proceeded to get closer and closer to the amazed tourists.
It took a protective elder elephant to tug the babies back with their trunk, otherwise the fearless babes may have ended up taking a ride in the jeep alongside profession safari guide, Renain Venter, 30.
Renain said: “We were on a casual morning safari when we spotted a herd of Elephants in the distance.
“Not wanting to disturb them with their morning activities I decided to keep my distance and watch.
“After a couple of minutes some youngsters grew curious and decided to come investigate the vehicle.
“Just like little children their mothers and family members had to put in a lot of effort to keep them away.
“It’s an amazing feeling being so close to wild animals. If you give them space, they will let you know how comfortable they are. Clearly the youngsters were very comfortable.”