It’s every person’s dream to go on a safari, get close to nature, and see some of the world’s most incredible animals in their habitat.
Tourists at Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India, had a safari they’ll never forget when they got stuck behind a large herd of elephants blocking the road ahead.
What could have been a terrifying experience turned into an awe-inspiring encounter when a baby elephant roamed and cheekily poked its trunk through the vanes in search of food.
The baby showed no fear of the visitors and playfully swayed his body inside the parked car trying to play with the onlookers.
Calves weigh about 250 pounds at birth and can’t see very well at first, but they can recognize their mothers by touch, smell, and sound.
They tend to stay close to their mother for the first few months and drink their mother’s milk for about two years after birth.
They can begin to forage plants and fruit at four months of age but still have to rely on breast milk.
At first, calves don’t really know what to do with their trunks and are known to swing them around aimlessly, even accidentally stepping on them.
This lasted about a year, and after that, they can use and control it quite successfully.
The cheeky elephant foraged for food in the safari truck, pushing its trunk right in among the passengers
Older elephants were observed from a safer distance, but it appeared the young calf had no fear whatsoever