A baby elephant was adorably confused when it realized its human caretaker did not have a trunk (video below).
It is always fun to watch curious youngsters make discoveries about the world around them since everything is so new to them, and it's no different with animals -- especially often-clumsy baby elephants, called calves.
The video below, which was uploaded to YouTube in 2009, captures the moment an elephant calf in India bonds with a woman who was looking after. The baby elephant cannot seem to understand why the caretaker's face feels so flat and different than hers.
"I think she just discovered that I have a nose," the woman says in the video, while the elephant keeps trying to grasp her trunk.
Stroking each other's trunks is a common way of showing affection in the elephant kingdom, according to Shareably. So this little one was likely trying to tell her caretaker that she loves her, when she made the surprising realization.
As the video continues, the elephant is seen continuing to keep running her trunk all over the woman's face and body and grasping her nose as if wondering why this elephant is so strange. The trunk has to be somewhere, right?
It must be especially confusing for the little one, since elephants use their trunks to explore the world around them by touching, grabbing and tasting their surroundings, according to Real Clear Science. The important body part is comparable to a human nose and tongue, although it has more than 40,000 muscles, far more than the 639 that make up an entire human body, making the trunk an unfathomably intricate body part.
Trunks also have one to two "finger"-like appendages that help them grasp objects, and the trunk's olfactory senses are said to be so strong that elephants can smell water several miles away, making their sense of smell up to four times as powerful as that of a bloodhound.
But the appendages can also cause trouble for young elephants who haven't quite figured out to use them yet. Although elephants come out of their mothers' wombs fairly well-developed and coordinated after a long pregnancy, their trunks are stunted at birth and grow rapidly during their first days of life, often proving difficult for calves who are just learning to navigate their world around them. Because of this, they have a tendency to trip over their own trunks.