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GIANT ELEPHANT PLAYS WITH 3-YEAR-OLD LABRADOR IN MYRTLE BEACH SAFARI, SOUTH CAROLINA

Bubbles

Just point your trunk to where you threw my ball… Charming pictures of  orphaned elephant playing catch with a labrador

By  Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 15 September 2013

It’s no surprise that a dog loves playing  catch — but an elephant?

Our charming pictures show Bubbles, a rescued  orphan elephant, picking up a ball with her trunk to tease Bella the labrador,  who can just about reach her pal’s knee.

She dives into a pool of water, but that  doesn’t deter the pooch, who tries to get her paws on the ball by climbing onto  Bubbles’ back.

Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant, plays in the river with his best friend Bella a 3 year old labrador in Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant, plays in the  river with his best friend Bella a 3 year old labrador in Myrtle Beach Safari,  South Carolina

 

Bella and Bubbles enjoy a game of catch in the water reserve at Myrtle Beach Safari Bella and Bubbles enjoy a game of catch in the water  reserve at Myrtle Beach Safari which is home to other species of endangered  animals

 

Launchpad: Bella springs off Bubbles' trunk to dive into the water at the centre in South Carolina that is home to an array of other animals Launchpad: Bella springs off Bubbles’ trunk to dive into  the water to catchthe ball at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare  Species in South Carolina

When it is tossed into the air, Bella leaps  off to retrieve it and then swims off, with her playmate in hot  pursuit.

‘They just love to romp around together,’  says Bhagavan Antle, director of the wildlife park in California where the two  friends live.

Bubbles and her other animal friends are part  of a wild life conservation effort called The Rare Species Fund in Southern  California.

Antle came across the friendly giant as a  baby when she weighed 340lbs and was 42in tall.

The trainer describes her as ‘small and  helpless for an elephant’ on the animal’s Facebook page, after her parents were  killed for their tusks during a 20 year slaughter which ended with the ban on  ivory import in 1989.

Bubbles, a rescued orphan elephant, picks up a ball with her trunk to tease Bella the labrador who dives off her back into water as part of their favourite game Bubbles, a rescued orphan elephant, picks up a ball with  her trunk to tease Bella the labrador who dives off her back into water as part  of their favourite game

 

The pair cool down int he waters at Myrtle Beach Safari where Bubbles was taken as a baby after being flown to the US from Africa The pair cool down int he waters at Myrtle Beach Safari  where Bubbles was taken as a baby after being flown to the US from Africa

Bubbles was among the few orphaned animals  that were flown to the US where a handful of facilities awaited their arrival.  Most were either killed or discarded due to a lack of housing and care in  Africa

Antle describes how meeting Bubbles was ‘love  at first site’, adding the centre had thought carefully about adopting an  elephant which can live for 60 to 100 years.

Now 30 years old and over 9ft, Bubbles weighs  approximately four tons.

Them impressive animal has even found fame on  the big screen, starring in Ace Ventura II, Malaika and a Janet Jackson music  video.

Bubbles is now over 9ft and weighs around 4 tons after being taken to the centre as a baby weighing just 340lbs and measuring 42inBubbles is now over 9ft and weighs around 4 tons after  being taken to the centre as a baby weighing just 340lbs and measuring  42in

 

Bubbles teases Bella with the ball before the pair take a break from their tiring game
Paws for thought: The two unlikely friends take a breather from their tiring game

Bubbles teases Bella with the ball before the pair take  a break from their tiring game. The unlikely friends are among an array of  endangered species at The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species  (T.I.G.E.R.S) in South Carolina

 

Bubbles was among the few orphaned elephants that were flown to the US from Africa where a handful of facilities awaited their arrival after their parents had been killed for tusks Bubbles was among the few orphaned elephants that were  flown to the US from Africa where a handful of facilities awaited their arrival  after their parents had been killed for tusks

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