Are you in need of a serious dose of cuteness to help you through your day? If so, then check out this adorable wild baby elephant in Kruger National Park, South Africa, as he discovers just how much fun he can have with his trunk when playing by the water.

You can almost sense this baby’s growing excitement as he realizes just how amazing the sensation of splashing water can be, under the watchful gaze of his mom.

Elephants are amazing creatures. Witnessing the simple joy of this young calf exploring his natural environment, surrounded by his loving family members, reminds us exactly why they need to be saved from extinction. While controversy and questions surround the filming of certain captive baby elephant videos, the opportunity to observe them in their natural environment, from a suitable distance, can be extremely valuable in understanding these animals’ behavioral patterns and helping to inform and strengthen their conservation efforts.