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Today, most of the world may only see elephants in two types of human-made environments — cooped up in zoo enclosures or performing tricks on circus stages. These environments are rarely (if ever) able to provide elephants with the enrichment they need to carry out their natural lives as they would in the wild. Circuses are particularly problematic as abuse and neglect are widespread, with elephants being trained using painful bullhooks.

Yet, as we learn more about the amazing emotional lives of elephants and take action on behalf of these magnificent beings, there is hope that one day their exploitation may come to an end so that the only place we’ll see elephants is exactly where they are meant to be — in the wild.

The baby elephant in the video below provides more proof that this is the one and only place elephants and all wild animals belong. Hit the play button to watch this adorable baby enjoy the ocean’s waves just as we do.

UPDATE (4/11/14):

Thanks to our awesome Green Monster readers, we learned that this very video is in fact a form of exploitation. Please be sure to read our follow-up post on the truth about baby elephant videos like this one right here.

 

Image source: Odd Stuff Magazine

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68 comments on “Adorable Baby Elephant Goes for a Swim (VIDEO)”

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erika mansourian
4 Years Ago

Since One Green Planet itself has come to realize the reality behind these images ( http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/why-you-should-never-share-or-like-baby-elephant-videos/ )
I\'m not sure why this post is still up. It perpetuates the exact same myth that you "accurately" debunked. Very very odd.


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Diane Loman
4 Years Ago

I just read other comments. I did not know all of this. I am so sorry for this baby.


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Diane Loman
4 Years Ago

Looks like he's laughing!


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Aelfgifu
4 Years Ago

I thought something was strange as I started watching the video. Why is the baby elephant near the ocean. Why is it so close to people and acting like there aren\'t strange humans too close to it? Where is its family?

I paused the video to see if OGP would explain the back story after the embedded video. They didn\'t so I kept scrolling and found my answers in the comments.

My question is: Why didn\'t One Green Planet ask itself these same questions before posting this video? I\'m concerned about animal welfare and do what I can, but it\'s certainly not like it\'s my *profession.* I really expected OGP to know better than I did...


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Aelfgifu
30 Mar 2014

It\'s strange that all of my contractions have been edited with a "\\."

It\'s stranger (and sadder) that I came back this morning to see this article still posted on this site. I hope OGP takes the weekend off or something. I ope they\'ll take care of this on Monday.

Michael Nelson
4 Years Ago

I thought onegreenplanet was GOOD?


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Michael Nelson
4 Years Ago

Why is this slavery being promoted?


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Marcie Dunne
4 Years Ago

I adore elephants, and I tend to read up on issues about them and still have no idea of every single detail concerning what can and does happen to them in the selfish and too often cruel world we live in. So, how about we give OGP a slight break and not assume that they had to have known or should have known about this issue? I know that in our global world we're supposed to be educated on every topic that is PC.. but we can't really know it all, as much as we might want to. You know? Maybe OGP just honestly had no idea about what happens to make an elephant swim on a beach. It's a sad world we live in. That baby belongs in a family roaming free. Thank you for sharing the information you did, Tiffany. They are majestic animals that deserve better treatment than this world gives them.


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Dawn Shalloe
4 Years Ago

I agree One Green Planet is ignorant of the abuse & cruelty of this poor dear baby elephant, as I was until Nidhi Rupa Joshi informed me of the truth... Thank you again for informing me please can this post be removed from OGP site.


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Dawn Shalloe
4 Years Ago

Thank you for informing me. I am deeply shocked! I am sorry that I was not aware of elephants behaviour & the abuse & cruelty these beautiful animals are subjected to by a mahout...


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Colleen Geraghty
4 Years Ago

Not this again....I can't believe One Green Plant is ignorant of this abusive situation. You should really take it down. <3


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