Baby Elephants Have Sharp Soccer Skills, New Video Shows. World Cup Prospects? Probably Not.

Elephants playing soccer — yes, it actually happened!

Like most Africans, Kenyans are soccer mad. Kids improvise balls out of plastic bags tied up with string. Any piece of dirt can serve as a pitch. A new video shot at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, in Tsavo National Park, shows that World Cup fever is not confined to two-legged creatures. As elephant caretakers in Wellington boots practice keepie-uppie, the baby elephants move the ball about with their trunks, pass it with their front feet, and tackle each other. One even performs a step-over, dribbling the ball between its legs, a la Cristiano Ronaldo . So […]


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