Adorable baby elephant learns to charge by chasing birds through the mud as its herd drinks at a river in the Central African Republic

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A determined baby elephant practices its charging skills by squaring up to a flock of birds while its family enjoys a drink at a river in central Africa.

The elephant sprints through patches of thick mud and pools of water to chase after a group of ducks in Ippy, Central African Republic.

Gilles Moynot, a wildlife photographer, captures the moment the elephant bends its front legs, lowers its head, raises its tail, and puffs out its ears.

Getting tired the elephant stops, takes a look around, finds a new target, and follows another bird which has to then desperately beat its wings to get away

Getting tired the elephant stops, takes a look around, finds a new target, and follows another bird which has to then desperately beat its wings to getaway

But rather than looking intimidating, the young elephant is adorable as it quickly picks up speed and launches itself across the mud.

Getting tired the elephant stops, takes a look around, finds a new target, and follows another bird which has to then desperately beat its wings to get away.

While the calf learns to charge, members of its family peacefully drink from the pools of water and meander slowly through the mud.

As it runs, the calf seems to have not quite figured out what to do with its trunk and drags it through the pools of water

As it runs, the calf seems to have not quite figured out what to do with its trunk and drags it through the pools of water

While another calf finds comfort with its mother the small elephant sprints between the herd

While another calf finds comfort with its mother the small elephant sprints between the herd

Rather than looking intimidating, the young elephant is adorable as it quickly picks up speed and launches itself across the mud

Rather than looking intimidating, the young elephant is adorable as it quickly picks up speed and launches itself across the mud

As it runs, the calf seems to have not quite figured out what to do with its trunk and drags it through the pools of water.

Elephants charge towards any perceived threats when they feel they’re in danger as a way to protect themselves and their family.

And conservationist Mike Fay has previously said the best way for a human to respond to an elephant charge is by standing their ground and making a loud noise.

The African elephant is the largest animal that walks on the ground and its herds wander thousands of miles through 37 countries on the continent.

This clip was filmed on October 10, 2017.

While the calf learns to charge, members of its family peacefully drink from the pools of water and meander slowly through the mud

While the calf learns to charge, members of its family peacefully drink from the pools of water and meander slowly through the mud

Gilles Moynot, a wildlife photographer, captures the moment the elephant bends its front legs, lowers its head, raises its tail and puffs out its ears

Gilles Moynot, a wildlife photographer, captures the moment the elephant bends its front legs, lowers its head, raises its tail, and puffs out its ears

The elephant sprints through patches of thick mud and pools of water to chase after a group of ducks in Ippy, Central African Republic

The elephant sprints through patches of thick mud and pools of water to chase after a group of ducks in Ippy, Central African Republic

By EMER SCULLY

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