Pets & Animals

Never forget: It's National Elephant Appreciation Day, and they're adorable

Sure, Monday is the last day of summer, but more importantly, it’s National Elephant Appreciation Day.

To celebrate this very important holiday, which was started in 1966 by pachyderm fan Wayne Hepburn, we have gathered some of the cutest elephant photos and videos we can find to help you appreciate the grand adorableness found in these gentle giants.

A newborn female elephant poses for the camera at Ostrava Zoo in the Czech Republic.

Someone better let Team USA goalie Tim Howard know there's a soccer player in England he better keep his eye on. Donna, a 2-year-old elephant at England's Whipsnade Zoo, is seen here showing zookeeper Elizabeth Fellow who's boss on the field. 

Two-year-old Donna the elephant does her best to keep the soccer ball away from her zookeeper.

This baby elephant looks to be having some fun pinning down its pachyderm pal while playing outdoors. 

Baby elephants playing together.

It takes a while to get used to that trunk! Watch one young elephant do its best to figure out what that extra-long snout is all about.

Some of the best art comes from the most unusual places, which is certainly the case for 13-year-old Karishma, who cleverly used her trunk to hold a brush and paint on a canvas at the Whipsnade Zoo in England. 

A 13-year-old elephant uses her trunk to hold a brush and paint on a canvas.

This 6-day-old Asian elephant looks to be staying close to its mom's side ... or belly, rather ... while roaming the grounds at England's Whipsnade Zoo.

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A newborn elephant sticks close to its mom.

Ever feel like you're carrying an elephant on your back? Well one mom knows what that feels like after her baby elephant rolled over her back. It does not look like mom was a fan. 

The only thing cuter than one elephant is a pair of them, like this duo playing near Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. 

Two elephants have some fun in Sri Lanka.