Just like human babies, young elephants feel emotion. That means they act silly, feel sad, and even get angry. In some instances, they even throw temper ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍs. But like human moms, those who’ve given birth to elephants have to take the upper hand. That’s what happened in one incident caught on video.
In this adorable video, a baby elephant is seen throwing a temper ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍ while the rest of the herd crosses the road. The baby pulls all sorts of moves, from rocking to ear flapping and even falling over to express its irritation… and just like most parents would respond to a toddler’s ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍ, the little guy is completely ignored by the passing adults.
The herd of elephants are crossing a dirt track at an undisclosed location on the African savanna when the smallest member decides it does not wish to continue any further. At first, he crosses a dirt road and then heads over to a field of tall grass. After sniffing the grass for a few seconds, he slowly lowers his body before plopping down on it. He appears to be having fun. He then picks his head up and looks off into the distance…almost as though he’s in deep thought.
It looks as though he has an ɪᴛᴄʜ on his backside so like all elephants, he begins rubbing his behind on the ground. To viewers, it all looks innocent enough but mom isn’t too happy with her son. She quickly approaches him. Just as his mom walks past, the little guy ꜰᴀʟʟs ᴏᴠᴇʀ. It’s not that he lost his balance but wanted to make a point. So, tumbles onto one side. It’s just too cute for words.
This mom wanted her baby to follow her but he didn’t want to. So, he just stayed there on the dirt road, wallowing around as he threw a major temper ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍ. This baby elephant is determined to have his way. Instead of doing what he’s supposed to, he stretches out on the road in complete defiance. Stubborn little fellow. Even as a massive bull walks by, he doesn’t care. By golly, he wants to stay right where he is and no one, not even his mom, is going to make him move.
However, the baby elephant’s mother completely ignored the actions of her son who was trying to sit on the side of the road and sulk alone. Protesting again, the calf rolled on the grass and down the dusty road. The mother refuses to solve her son’s problems, just passing by the baby elephant trying her best to get attention. After a few seconds, the father did the same thing. Realizing that his technique had failed, he quickly got to his feet and scampered after his family. Of course, this mom wasn’t going to leave her baby to fend for himself but she had to teach him a lesson.
According to Daphne Sheldrick, of the Sheldrick Animal Trust, temper ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍs among elephants are quite common. Writing on her blog, she said: “Of course, Elephants share with us humans many traits – the same span of life, (three score years and ten, all being well) and they develop at a parallel pace so that at any given age a baby elephant duplicates its human counterpart, reaching adulthood at the age of twenty. Elephants also display many of the attributes of humans as well as some of the failings. They share with us a strong sense of family and ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ and they feel many of the same emotions. Each one is, of course, like us, a unique individual with its own unique personality. They can be happy or sad, volatile or placid. They display envy, jealousy, throw ᴛᴀɴᴛʀᴜᴍs and are fiercely competitive, and they can develop hang-ups which are reflected in behaviour.”