Reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda was interrupted during a news report by an elephant trying to tickle him with its trunk.
The KBC journalist was interrupted by the animal, named Kindani, while reporting from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. The Wildlife Trust is a non-profit animal rehabilitation center for elephants and rhinos.
Alvin himself shared the video on his Instagram handle (@alvin.kaunda) and captioned it:
“3 out of 5 of the big 5. Great behind-the-scenes experience so far. .. Wait for it!! 😂 @sheldricktrust.”
The video shows Alvin first giving a serious account of the matter at hand, with three tusks playing behind him. Finally, one of them uses her trunk to tickle Kaunda, playing with his ear and nose until he bursts out laughing.
Elephant interrupting a journalist wins the hearts of netizens
The video, which shows Kindani interrupting a KBC news reporter, has been viewed over 73,000 times since it was released. The hilarious clip begins with journalist Kaunda explaining what the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing.
Discussing how the Trust serves as an orphanage for the tusks who receive instruction and experience life in the wild, he adds:
“They say charity starts at home and for these young orphaned elephants this charitable foundation is what they call home. It is where they discover and learn life lessons, experience love and deal with loss.”
Before Alvin could continue, however, he was interrupted by Baby Kindani as she started running her trunk over him. While Alvin tried to keep talking about the human-caused effects that were causing disruption in the animal ecosystem, he stood no chance against the 4-year-old animal.
Upon seeing the video, netizens couldn’t help but be entranced and used it as fodder for a hearty laugh. While some thought it was the “cutest thing they’ve seen all day,” others were glad the reporter shared the video.
More about the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, rescues and raises orphaned elephants and rhinos so they can return and re-adapt to the wild when they are adults. It was opened in 1977 by Dame Daphne Sheldrick in honor of her late husband David Sheldrick.
Since 2001 it has been run by Angela Sheldrick, daughter of Dame Daphne. They believe that wildborn young are a reminder that by saving an orphan we are giving life to an entire generation of that species.
The orphan project offers hope and rehabilitation for the future of Kenya’s elephant and rhino populations, which are currently threatened with extinction. It also helps curb the fighting they face when poached for their tusks and horns.
There are several ways to get involved in saving wildlife including making a donation, attending events organized by the Trust and holding fundraisers for the cause. Visit their website for more information www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org.