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Elephants Get Ahold Of GoPro, Create Perfect Short Film

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When a herd of elephants at a watering hole in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, stumbled across a tourist's GoPro camera, they reacted, understandably, like the rest of us would: by rushing over to touch it. One hurried over immediately:

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The tourists, a couple named Mike and Marian Myers, had left the camera on a platform to record the animals - not as their personal film camera. But the elephants had a different idea.

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While the Myers watched from afar, the elephants took turns nearly demolishing the camera. They did manage to take some pretty excellent selfies - an activity thats been in the news recently, thanks to the media explosion over the "monkey selfie" taken by a macaque in Indonesia.

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Luckily, the camera stayed intact and came away with some superb, up-close footage.

Hwange National Park, located in the the northwestern corner of Zimbabwe, is home to one of the largest elephant herds in Africa. Its population is estimated between 20,000 and 75,000 individuals. The park's herds face huge threats from poachers seeking their valuable ivory tusks. See this page for more information on Hwange National Park's elephants - and how to help them.

See the entire kerfluffle below: