THIS JUST IN: Baby Elephant Alarmed by Disproportionate Foot-to-Head Ratio

Uli, a baby African elephant born last Sunday at the Zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, gets a good look at what Mom will be spanking him with if he misbehaves.

Image via AP via Gawker.



  1. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Mom would always keep the paddle when we broke the elastic of our paddleball.

  2. Gigi (the original one) says:

    Clicked too fast, I wanted to say that:
    That’s the face I used to make when she threaten me with it.

  3. I had no idea elephant nails were so pretty! Or do they get pedis at the zoo?

    Also- I love baby elephants. When the National Zoo had it’s baby elephant cam I used to watch in the middle of the night (3 am) because that’s when the baby would get up and play. More baby elephant cam!


  5. bob drummond says:

    I love the look on that little pachyderm’s face. Like he/she just realized they are standing too close to Big Mama.

  6. Baby elephants look so sweet and disheveled, with those wispy bits of hair sticking out. Ellen W., my nephew is also a fan of the National Zoo critter cams.

  7. I thought that elephant’s used their trunks to spank, ever since the Elephant’s Child came home with his.

  8. apologies for the extraneous apostrophe.

  9. you can almost hear the record scratch as baby pachy’s eyes bug out!

  10. 260Oakley says:

    “So that’s what she means when she tells me to toe the line!”

  11. So Mom will be opening a can of Wuppertal on Uli if he’s not a good boy?

  12. I have seen film – I think it was of a working elephant, not one in a zoo, and they were giving her a pedi!! With a giant file. And the elephant just put her foot up on a little stool and got her nails filed and shaped. ADORABLE.

  13. Dramatic “jellyphant ” baby ! (cue the music!)
    @ Ellen : I know at least one zoo does give pedi’s to the elephants since I’ve seen it on a show about them in captivity. They said it was necessary so I’m going to assume everyone with an elephant does it.

  14. (The Original) Mel says:

    Looks like mom’s doing pachyderm pilates.

  15. Well of course. I mean, I do it with my elephant. And trust me, she NEVER forgets her pedi appointment.

  16. 260Oakley says:

    They get facials too. From a pachydermatologist.

  17. My mom did the same thing. I still can’t look at one of those as a fun toy. 🙂

  18. kittens not kids says:

    BABY ELEPHANT. I love them. I love how their little trunks are always a wee bit too big for their heads – they almost trail on the ground. And those little trunks bobble around when the baby elephant plays.

    love love love.

  19. Retired Hippie says:


  20. victoreia says:


  21. Yes and she always wears “pasionate pachydermy pink”.

  22. For your entertainment
    Baby elephant Walk by Henry Mancini.

  23. Okay and one more baby elephant frolicing in the water… This is a little guy t the melbourne zoo

  24. skippymom says:

    I am shocked, appalled, horrified, and dismayed that Cute Overload is condoning corporal punishment. Also taken aback, aghast, and stunned. Not to mention–
    OOOOOOOOHHHHHHH adorable baby elephant!!!!!!!!!!!!1!

  25. skippymom says:

    I have a quilt telling the story of The Elephant’s Child that my mother made for me when I was little. Unfortunately, it’s tied up in a trash bag because it got soaked with cat pee when I first had Eddy. I bought a product to try to clean it about three years ago but haven’t used it yet. Now that you’ve reminded me of this, maybe I’ll do something about it.

  26. Hey Missy did you try washing it in warm water with a bunch of Vinegar first.

  27. No Missy I haven’t. I sent away to the interwebs for a bottle of something specifically designed for urine removal. As I recall the use instructions were rather involved. I do believe in the almighty power of vinegar, so I will try that. When I, you know, geta around to it.

  28. bookmonstercats says:

    Pretty heffalump. Her earsies are like petals.

  29. Martha in Washington says:

    I was lucky enough to go to a game reserve in South Africa several years ago and one of their elephants had just had a baby several months earlier. After driving through the bush for a couple hours, on our last day there, our driver found the Mama, Baby and Aunty together in a large tangle of trees. The Mama and Aunty were eating the leaves of the tree they had just pushed over but Baby was too interested in playing. He would strip leaves and throw them, or take them away from Mama. After a while they decided to move on and as they left Baby took a large trunkful (for him) of dried grass and put it on his head. We could see the huge sigh that Mama gave and the roll of her eyes as she looked at Baby. We could hear Aunty rumbling as if to say “Stop playing with your food. People are looking at us and you are embarrassing me.” It is one of my favorite memories of our trip. When I learn how, I will scan the picture and send it in to CO.

  30. There’s a place in Nairobi where they raise (I think orphaned) baby elephants. One of them liked the leather strap on my hat. 😀

  31. hahaha I thought of that too!
    (obviously, that is the record scratching above)

  32. Look at his little nose-trunk! How cute!

  33. ManWifeDog says:

    LOL! Yeah that’s how I looked at that age when i was about to get a major southern-style spanking. (“switch” and all!) Priceless look!

  34. Bebeh elephant fuzz is too much for me….SPLORT

    You know, I forgot how trippy this song is….

  35. The Chtaptisk Fithp are just showing the kids how to effect submission.

  36. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    I ditto the “more ephelant baby cam” !!!

    (and yup, I dun switched them two letters purposefully!!)

  37. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    no worries! 🙂

  38. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    I’ll bet my mother isn’t the only one,
    who has an embroidered
    “Round Tuit” framed in her kitchen?

  39. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:

    won’t someone please think of the bebeh pachyderms?

  40. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!!! says:


    Jist like ALL bebehs: throwing food on his head….

  41. S.J. Hartsfield says:

    Is it just me, or are very serious headlines about small animals being alarmed one of the funniest things ever? “Up next, several neighborhood kittens are frightened by very loud noises!” /MST3K

  42. Q: What did the elephant say to the naked man?
    A: How do you breathe through that tiny thing?

  43. Here’s the original Pink Elephants from Dumbo, often imitated, never improved upon. 😀

  44. luvstehQte says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! so naughty!!!!!!!!

  45. KittyAdventures says:

    Also another thing that works really well is BORAX… you know the old style laundry soap. I keep a box on hand for carpets and such.

    These two Items seem to work better than all those fancy schmancy stuff you can buy.

  46. Theresa, you always put up my FAVORITE links! My favorite sequence from my favorite animated movie of all time, in this case… 🙂 Many thanks.

  47. I thought of this one, too. But, lacking you awesomeness, all I could do was think. Thanks for the translation!!

  48. “your” I meant to say, “your awesomeness”. Sheesh.

  49. Theresa, you just provided my mother and I with MINUTES of laughter! XD

  50. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    🙂 🙂

  51. puddlepeppers says:

    Truly precious.

  52. John B Hodges says:

    When I first encountered the Pooh story, I asked “What’s a Heffalump?” My Dad answered “It’s half the size of a lump.”

    So, elephants are big; when they are small they are called heffalumps.

  53. (The Original) Mel says:

    I do so love MST3K. It got me through my military years

  54. CatViccer says:

    I had a pee-cat 🙂 and Nature’s Miracle works like CRAZY. They have regular and one specific for cat urine for laundry use:

    And I don’t work for the company 🙂 Just like sharing products that work cause cat pee is really hard to remove.

  55. 😀

  56. hahahahahahahaha……….awwwwwwww……hahahahahahahaha!!! Priceless expression on that little face!

  57. baby birdie says:

    I like your story, lol. 🙂

  58. baby birdie says:

    “Aaaahhh! I’ll be a good boy, really I will!!!!”

  59. I have only one word for that face: ZOUNDSSS!!!

  60. Bossy McWayGetter says:

    I *loved* the story of the Elephant’s Child when I was little. Why is it that gratuitous violence is so funny to children? I also loved the Beatrix Potter story of The Tale of Two Bad Mice:

  61. I just fainted. Someone actually noticed apostrophe abuse. I give you cookie.

  62. Think camera man was too close thats why..momma stomp you out!