Elphie Selfie

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Events manager Scott Brierley definitely has a photo like no other. On a recent visit to the West Midlands Safari Park in Worcestershire, England, Brierley accidentally dropped his iPhone out the car window as he and friend drove through the elephant zone.

“The elephant was all over it—I think he thought it was food,” said Brierley. “I didn’t dare get out the car to get it. I just drove to one of the workers I could see and he went to get it.”

When staff returned his iPhone, Brierley realized that 22-year-old elephant Latabe had accidentally taken a selfie on it, using her trunk.

Head keeper Andy Plumb said: “Lots of people have dropped their phones at our park but I’ve never seen anything like this. What a picture—we’re very proud of Latabe.”

The 200-acre West Midlands Safari Park opened to the public in April 1973.

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Seal of Approval

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Grey seals are the UK’s largest breeding seals. A staggering half of the world’s grey seal population lives along British coasts. A newborn seal pup weighs approximately 30 pounds (14 kilograms). Their mother’s milk is very high in fat (60%), so they grow quickly and develop the layer of blubber that is crucial to their survival. Without the blubber layer, seals would not be able to maintain their body temperature out at sea.

Jason Neilus, and fellow divers, recently dove into the waters along the coast of the Farne Islands in Northumberland, England. They’ve been visiting this spot for the past six years to greet the seal pups. Neilus and the other divers were blown away by the playful interaction they encountered with the seals. Lucky for us, the awesome adventure was captured on film!

If this video doesn’t make you feel happy, we don’t know what will.

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(Video by Jason Neilus)