Hula Hoopin’ Heffalumps

The video says Faa Mei The Heffalump is playing with a Hula Hoop, which I remember as a toy plastic hoop…which this isn’t. (Well, maybe it USED to be before they got to it.) And a bonus- wait for the sweet surprise at the 1:11 mark. These two live at Elephant Nature Park, an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.



  1. Joyous and touching.

  2. Why do I have the feeling that the blue strip was tied around the packaging for an expensive elephant toy that’s being totally ignored off-screen?

  3. I ‘think’ I remember reading that this was part of a hose or of a drainage system that the ele’s found and used as a toy. Although I would like to see a hula hoop around an elephant’s waist. Wait….does an elephant have a waist?

  4. There used to be, maybe still is, an Olympic sport called Rythmic Gymnastics and one of the “skills” is using a ribbon that is manipulated around the legs and over the leg. This lellyphant is totally do that! Gold Metal performance too.

  5. Miss Else Heffalahmp practices her ribbon routine for the Rhythmic Gymnastics qualifying meet, in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, while her coach, Helga VonTrunkster (silver medalist in the ’92 Barcelona games), provides encouragement.

  6. Dona – that is the truth!

  7. I immediately thought of rhythmic gymnastics too! 🙂

    One of the best videos I’ve ever seen. The heffalump’s joy is palpable. ❤

  8. Such intelligent, beautiful, miraculous creatures…what a world we live in ❤

  9. blue ribbon joy 😀

  10. Smartypants says:

    I love this! Esp. when they ‘hold trunks’ around 1:11. Sisters? Mother & daughter? Herd mates? Too sweet!

  11. seeingstarstuff says:

    Elephants are such beautiful, gentle giants. My heart breaks every time I see one doing something endearing. It saddens me to know are being hunted to extinction in Africa, and they are running out of time.

  12. Well, this makes sense: If red tape is a pain to deal with, apparently blue tape is a lot of fun.

  13. oh ntmtom, beware the political implications of that comment 😉 that is one happy heffalump though isn’t it 🙂

  14. sarareina84 says:

    OMG HEFFALUMPS!!1!!!11!!! is right.

  15. Mischief Girl says:

    This is a mind-bendingly great video!

  16. Such a happy joyful video. You can never see too many trunkster videos!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
    1:10 just melted my heart into a puddle.

  17. Peg Warnock says:

    You can just feel the joy 🙂

  18. Laura DragonWench says:

    The utter joy on Faa Mei’s face is a wondrous thing to see.