Cute Baby Elephants: Born to Be Wild! (Photos)

Posted on by Ashley Fruno

Elephants are some of the most spectacular animals on Earth, and baby elephants are especially adorable. They should spend their early years playing, learning, and bonding with their families, but circuses rip babies away from their mothers and force them to perform cruel and unnatural tricks.

Here are 10 of our favorite pictures of baby elephants looking happy and adorable—in the wild!

baby with family under

baby bathing worradmu/

Mother and baby walking

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Baby elephant bathing

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Elephant family

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These animals are cheerful and carefree, a stark contrast to enslaved baby elephants who endure lives of constant pain and exhaustion in the circus. Baby elephants used by other circuses have their childhoods stolen from them.