When you think of a wise animal, what comes to mind? Owls? Pigs? Octopi? Those are all decent answers and each of those animals certainly has some remarkable qualities, but we’re here to talk about elephants. Elephants are known as the world’s largest land animals with an impeccable memory to boot. With some (unfortunate) ties to the circus, they’re also known as good performers. But did you know some of them can do magic?
A viral video making its rounds across the internet shows a proud elephant who knows a thing or two about executing a prank. It takes a woman’s hat and pretends to snack on it just long enough for the passerby to grieve the loss of the accessory. At the last second, though, poof! The hat reappears and the elephant kindly gives it back to the lady.
You can catch the magic show right here. It might be the most wholesome thing you see all day:
This elephant pretends to eat a woman’s hat… but then gives it back 😭😂— Funny Supply (@FunnySupply) December 13, 2021
Somebody get this guy a promoter because that comedic timing is spot on. And that’s not exactly an easy feat, either. Just ask Don Knotts of “The Andy Griffith Show” who recently spoke to exactly how difficult that was on one of the most beloved comedy shows of all time.
“When I didn’t set [Knotts] up quite right,” Andy Griffith said, “He would say, ‘you wanna just come in a little earlier there Andy?’”
Celebrating an Elephant Advocate
Earlier this week, the famed “Price is Right” host Bob Barker celebrated his 98th birthday. His status as an animal advocate was never a secret and in addition to spouting “Come oooon dooown” each episode, he would end each show with a reminder to spay or neuter your pets. What a lot of people don’t know is that he has also done a lot of great things for elephants.
In fact, he donated a great sum of money (near $1 million dollars) to transport elephants kept in captivity at a zoo to a sanctuary once. The animals were taken from a poor situation in Canada and transported to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in California.
“I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes. I’ve discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry,” he told FOX 40. “The ones that were crying the most were those miserable zookeepers in Toronto.”
“I had a job that I loved,” the host continued talking about his “Price is Right” gig. “I was very well paid for it.”
“Now I’m spending my money. I intend to die broke,” Barker said.