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VACATION — So it turns out that "when animals attack," it's not always scary.
Well 99.9% of the time it's not scary. Especially where baby animals are concerned. When they "attack," it's more like a sweet experience of watching something little learn and grow right before your eyes.
While a floofy panther cub or an entirely squishable baby bear have claws and carnivorous teeth, it's still pretty easy to carry them around and treat them like puppies. And it's certainly easy to keep a sense of calm and safety.
However, what if that baby animal is coming at you without claws or carnivorous teeth, but it weighs 200-plus pounds?
Let's look at the evidence in this featured video of a teenage boy and an exuberant elephant calf to see if a weighty attack is horrifying or hysterical.
OK, I can't wait for evidence, I'll tell you now that it's hysterical.
First of all, baby elephants are inherently funny because they are clumsy, and when they are very first born, they have no control over their trunks. They just wobble around with their nostrils swinging whichever way they will. Second, they tend to be sweetly curious and exploratory (at least while mom is in view).
So if a person sits on the ground, elephant mom is feet away, and everything feels safe, what else could a baby elephant do but get real close and personal to figure out what sort of creature has entered its realm.
When you look at the boy himself as he's being thoroughly mauled by a baby elephant in what looks like an extremely aggressive cuddle, you see they boy's face go from nervous to scared... to shocked... to amused and more. It's quite the theatrical lesson.
All that is great, but the real highlight of the video is the sound of the boy's parents laughing so hysterically you can practically feel the tears of laughter rolling down their faces.