This is the moment a mischievous young elephant knee slides down a muddy slope in a Chinese rainforest.
The calf was filmed having fun at the Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley Tropical Rain Forest Scenic Area, in the southern province of Yunnan.
The youngster, named Yishuang, is the fifth elephant born at the park’s breeding centre and was out doing ‘field training’ with staff when she opted for a little slide down the hill.
Her technique involves bending her back legs and seemingly attempting to get her front legs as muddy as possible.
Footage shows the young calf pointing her body downhill and steering herself along the dirt track.
Now three years old, Yishuang manoeuvres her weight through the path and off into some undergrowth, where she appears to come to a controlled – but probably quite mucky – stop.
A park spokesperson said the calf was born in December 2017 and is developing well.
According to the spokesperson, elephants generally live for between 60 and 70 years – making young Yishuang the equivalent of a ‘naughty pre-schooler’.
Various people took to social media to express their love for the footage.
Xiaoyu said: ‘The elephant is way too cute! Young elephants are similar to human kids!’
Netizen ‘Lianliankan’ commented: ‘Lovely!’
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