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Four Baby Elephants Play Rough And Get Dirty When Mom Is Away

We all know youngsters enjoy goofing around with each other, and it seems to be no different in the elephant kingdom

Playful: These incredible pictures show the unusual moment when four baby elephants weighing up to 300kg each decided to pile on top of each other

Captured in these incredible photos, four baby elephants pile on top of each as soon as they got a moment away from their mother.

The ‘little’ giants weighing up to 300kg each were drinking water as their mother cooled of before deciding to goof around.

Fooling around: The elephants were drinking water on the banks of the Ghwarrie Dam in  Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, as their mother cooled off. And they quickly decided to have some fun

The photos were taken by the banks of the Ghwarrie Dam in Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Once the mother saw the youngsters playing all rough, she marched over to break up the fun before someone got hurt.

Playful: The elephants started by bumping into each other before deciding to pile on top of each other

Captured by Ayesha Cantor while out on a day trip, talking to the Daily Mail, she said:

“We had been sitting at the dam for over an hour, watching the various family groups coming in to drink and play and then moving off.”

Fooling around: The elephants were drinking water on the banks of the Ghwarrie Dam in  Addo Elephant National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, as their mother cooled off. And they quickly decided to have some fun

“We had just decided to move off when I just happened to glance back for a last look and quickly called out for my husband to stop again when I saw the two youngsters seemingly deep in conversation – one more pic turned into the elephant bundle.”

Messy: The youngsters' love of play soon turned into a right old rough and tumble

“I’ve heard and seen two babies briefly playing but never four and over such a long period of time as this.”

“Just like children, they test their boundaries. Play teaches them to know their boundaries and how to behave within their family group.”

Hurt: The pressure was too much for the elephant on the bottom who was left injured after the fun

“It looked to us exactly how humans play, so playful and so fun. Amazing to see wild animals enjoying themselves in this way.”

“Having been near the bottom of a human pile-on you can be sure I was very pleased not to be that baby Ellie at the bottom of this particular one.”

Pile on: The mother of the elephants quickly decided enough was enough and marched over to break up the fun

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Written by Joe Kahlo