Circus trainer shows off his elephant’s incredible tricks including dunking a basketball, juggling and even climbing a wall

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A circus trainer has shown off his elephant’s incredible tricks – which he says comes from having ‘perfect trust’ with the animal.

Rene Casselly from Budapest, Hungary, is a seventh-generation show performer and animal trainer – and has proved it certainly is possible to teach an old elephant new tricks.

Amazing video footage shows his elephant, Kimba, helping him dunk a basketball, flip into the air, juggle, climb a wall, and even letting Rene stand on his tusks.

Rene insists Kimba is well-looked after and kept in equal conditions to elephants in zoos

Rene insists Kimba is well-looked after and kept in equal conditions to elephants in zoos

But Rene insists Kimba is healthy, happy, and well-looked after – kept in equal conditions to elephants in zoos – and is trained in the same way dogs would be, with positive reinforcement and treats.

The 22-year-old said: ‘These videos show the trust animals and humans can have for each other. We can do amazing and unique stuff together as a team.

‘Kimba recently helped me to dunk a ball into a basket – it was a dangerous stunt which can only work with perfect teamwork, trust and respect for each other.

Rene said Kimba is trained in the same way dogs are, with positive reinforcement and treats

Rene said Kimba is trained in the same way dogs are, with positive reinforcement and treats

Rene Casselly (right) from Budapest, Hungary, is a seventh generation show performer

Rene Casselly (right) from Budapest, Hungary, is a seventh-generation show performer

He said: 'These videos show the trust animals and humans can have for each other'

He said: ‘These videos show the trust animals and humans can have for each other

‘I’m always trying to do things with my elephants that have not been seen before, just recently I taught my elephant to throw a ball into a basket from behind the three-point line.

‘Elephants are so much smarter than we think. My feeling about this is pretty good.’

He added: 'I'm always trying to do things with my elephants that have not been seen before'

He added: ‘I’m always trying to do things with my elephants that have not been seen before

'Kimba recently helped me to dunk a ball into a basket - it was a dangerous stunt,' he added

‘Kimba recently helped me to dunk a ball into a basket – it was a dangerous stunt,’ he added

By: LEIGH MCMANUS FOR MAILONLINE

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