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Yao Ming Towers Over Baby Elephants At Kenyan Orphanage

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Yao Ming, the 7-foot-six-inches basketball star from China, would normally be dwarfed by an African elephant, who can grow up to 13 feet tall. But when they are young calves, Ming towers over the tiny three-foot-tall babies.

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As part of a campaign to raise awareness to the elephant poaching epidemic in Africa, Ming recently took a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya to visit with some of these calves.

There are 28 baby elephants at the sanctuary now, most of whom are orphans whose mothers were killed by poachers.

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Ming's series, titled "Saving Africa's Giants," is targeting the demand for ivory in China, the world's largest ivory consumer (followed by the U.S.).

See the entire clip below:

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