Watch This Baby Elephant Discover How to Use Her Trunk

April 17, 2014 - 8:35 AM

This baby elephant, born at Tesso Nilo National Park, seems adorably confused about what to do with her long trunk. Watch as this baby Sumatran elephant discovers how to use her trunk in what might be the cutest animal video on the internet.

This baby elephant's mother is part of an elite team of endangered Sumatran elephants called the Flying Squad, a team of four trained elephants that prevent conflict in communities between people and wild elephants.

From WWF's website:

Human-elephant conflict is a threat to the safety of both the people living around the national park and the wild elephants that call it home. So far this year, three elephants have been found dead in Tesso Nilo, and 12 were killed last year. Most were believed to be poisoned.

"The Flying Squad is a highly successful model for reducing conflict between people and elephants in a way that is safe for everyone," said Christy Williams, WWF's Asian rhino and elephant programme manager.

"Human-elephant conflict is a problem in many elephant habitats across Asia and in Africa. We are hoping that with greater resources we can establish even more squads in order to prevent elephant and human deaths that don't need to happen. People and elephants can live in harmony," Williams added.

Recently, a Flying Squad in Assam, India, safely drove wild elephants from a tea plantation. Images of the encounter show a large elephant herd first deep in the crop field, then heading back into the forest after being confronted by the squad.

There are only 2,400 to 2,800 Sumatran elephants left. They have become critically endangered due to habitat loss and poaching.

The baby elephant featured in this video is the fourth calf born to the Flying Squad since its beginning in 2004.