Twelve Pictures Of Baby Elephants To Cheer You Up Today

Twelve Pictures Of Baby Elephants To Cheer You Up Today

Is the news getting you down? Have some cuteness!

Sometimes I use my platform as a content creator for The Odyssey Online to talk about current events. But current events, especially if they have anything to do with the United States presidential campaign, are getting me down. This may be the case for you, too. So let me share something with you that cheers me up when I'm down: pictures of baby elephants.

Baby elephants don't care who's running for president. Baby elephants are wonderful, clumsy, cuddly, fun-sized versions of my all-time favorite animal.

Here are twelve adorable pictures of baby elephants that are sure to cheer you up!

1. The Proud Plucker of Grass

This baby's probably snagging a snack. But it looks so darn proud of itself! I bet its mama's just off-screen. "Look, Mom! Look what I got!"

2. Interspecies Friendship

Little animal, meet even littler animals. The cuteness has multiplied, with a tenfold increase in fluffiness!

3. Little Red Riding Hood

Look at it's cape! And it's sucking its trunk! (Baby elephants do that for comfort, just like how baby humans suck their thumbs! Click on the picture for details.)

4. Bath time!

This baby likes baths quite a bit more than I did when I was a baby. I think it could use a bigger tub!

5. You mean like this?

Well that isn't exactly what I had in mind when I said "a bigger tub," but it's adorable nonetheless.

6. "I'm here!"

This little one's ready to face the day, without a care in the world. Good morning, little one!

7. And then there's this one...

Other days, we just want to sleep in, like this baby elephant here. This is the image of relaxation. The baby just wants some human cuddles. (I would give it all the cuddles it wants!)

8. Time to play!

This baby elephant knows that you can't sleep all day. There's fun to be had! And sometimes fun is a big ball! Ah, let's face it, a big ball is always fun!

9. And other times... just gotta be the ball, if you know what I mean. This baby does. It's taken "having a ball" one step further than usual.

10. Solo fun isn't the only kind of fun

Sometimes, spending time with family is even better! These little elephants clearly love keeping each other company, and being affectionate. Did you know that elephants hug each other with their trunks?

11. Hold on--

Another thing that trunks are used for: holding on to each other so nobody gets lost. What smart animals!

12. Holding onto Mom's tail works just as well.

To each their own. As long as everybody's happy! Which I am, after looking at all these pictures of baby elephants. I hope you are, too!
Cover Image Credit: Baby Animals

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For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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