Inflatable kiddie pools aren’t made for elephants – this, we know. But thankfully, the ᴡɪʟᴅ kingdom still loves to test them, providing us with so much ridiculous cuteness. Like most human toddlers, she lacks the coordination to hop right in, so she sᴛᴜᴍʙʟᴇs, slips.
Take Belle, for instance, she’s a baby elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo who just needed to escape the ʙʀᴜᴛᴀʟ Texas summer sun. She decided to cool things down a bit with a dip (or flop) into a refreshing tub of water. The 300-pound baby was less than graceful on her many efforts of getting into the pool, making one adorable spectacle for us to enjoy.
Like most human toddlers, she lacks the coordination to hop right in, so she sᴛᴜᴍʙʟᴇs, slips, and slides until she’s found a comfortable position while her mom stands ever so calmly to the side. She seems to love water and is very excited about it. So, even though she ꜰᴇʟʟ, she was still very happy. Katie Giangreco, Fort Worth Zoo spokesperson said: “The Asian elephant exhibit has a 3,200-gallon pool that the adult elephants often utilize, so keepers provided Belle with a safer, smaller-sized pool for her to play in.”
Born at the zoo on July 7, Belle isn’t the most aquatically-coordinated of little ones. That she already weighs upwards of 300 pounds might have something to do with it. Belle gains a few pounds every day, and continues to absorb more from her environment. Bella is learning to use her trunk to feed herself and likes munching on chopped produce and hay, as well as the adult elephants’ ꜰᴀᴇᴄᴇs, which zookepers say is quite normal.
Giangreco said: “Belle is full of personality and is learning and discovering new things every day, such as using her trunk to push, pull and lift objects (the sand in her exhibit area, hay, the pool, etc.). “Belle is the second elephant calf to be born at the zoo in its 104-year history. And don’t worry – when the time comes, she’ll graduate to bigger surroundings. Giangreco said: “We have larger inflatable pools for her to use too.”
Elephants are the world’s largest land ᴍᴀᴍᴍᴀʟ. Between both species of elephants, the African elephant is the largest. It stands between 8.2 to 13 feet. The Asian elephant is smaller in comparison at 6.6 to 9.8 feet tall. With elephants being so large, they need lots of water to stay hydrated! Elephants can drink up to 50 gallons of water every day! This amount of water is equivalent to the size of a bathtub. That is why these animals are always on the move in the ᴡɪʟᴅ!