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08/12/2014 11:45 am ET Updated Oct 12, 2014

These 7 Elephants Are Being Extra Adorable for World Elephant Day

In case you didn't know, today is World Elephant Day. As we celebrate a species that manages to be scared of mice yet can also weigh up to six tons, here are some pictures to make you smile and appreciate the beloved gentle giants.

All these elephants are in our care at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a not-for-profit that works in Kenya. Through our Orphans' Project, we rescue and hand-rear orphaned milk-dependent baby elephants, rehabilitating them to a life back in the wild when grown. As we share our love for a species that needs our help (an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory), here are some pictures from the orphans in our care that we think, will make you smile, as even though they have endured a tragic start to life, losing their wild mothers, they have been afforded a second chance -- there is hope.

  1. They love playing with their trunks, even sucking them for comfort.
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  3. They also ingeniously use their trunks as snorkels.

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  5. They love a hug, but also like a pile-up.

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  7. They're happy to smile for their close-up.

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  9. They have comfort blankets.

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  11. They're surprisingly good at football.

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  13. And they love a good mud bath, even if they sometimes find it hard to get out afterwards.
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You can share the love this World Elephant Day and foster one of the 80 orphans currently in the care of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. To learn more about fostering an orphaned elephant, please visit here.