It's hard to argue that there's anything more adorable than a newborn elephant playfully chasing the swallows flying around him, yet this sweet scene out of South Africa feels particularly poignant in the wake of Cecil the Lion's controversial death in Zimbabwe this month. Considering that the video was uploaded only three days ago on July 28 and has already gathered over three million views, it's clear that a lot of other people appreciate the levity as well.
Filmed on the H3 roadway near Berg en Dal in Kruger National Park, the Kruger Sightings Youtube channel posted this tiny elephant's romp with the birds, specifically referencing the hunting tragedy in which American dentist Walter Palmer illegally poached the beloved African lion. The incident, in which Palmer allegedly paid $55,000 to lure Cecil away from his protected habitat in order to savagely kill him, has sparked international outrage. Therefore Kruger Sightings openly states their intention to use this video to spread hope instead of heartache in its devastating aftermath. Watch this welcome bit of wildlife lightness below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.