Pele the elephant! Cute calf shows off his football skills as he has a kickabout with a ball of dung in South Africa

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This is the adorable moment a baby elephant practises his football skills using a piece of dung.

The cute calf spins and kicks the makeshift ball with his feet as he shows off for tourists in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa.

He even masters the perfect drag back before sharply turning and taking the muck for a dribble.

The cute calf spins and kicks the makeshift ball with his feet as he shows off for tourists in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa

The cute calf spins and kicks the makeshift ball with his feet as he shows off for tourists in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in South Africa

Taking a long run up, the baby sprints towards the dung and kicks it with his front leg – sending it around a metre.

This appears to annoy him, as he whips his trunk around and launches his front right leg at the ball.

The young pachyderm was spotted by Dylan Royal, a guide at andBeyond Kirman’s Kamp, while he was driving on September 30.

He even masters the perfect drag back (pictured) before sharply turning and taking the muck for a dribble

He even masters the perfect drag back (pictured) before sharply turning and taking the muck for a dribble

Taking a long run up, the baby sprints towards the dung and kicks it with his front leg - sending it around a metre

Taking a long run up, the baby sprints towards the dung and kicks it with his front leg – sending it around a metre

He said he had left the camp early in the morning to search for a leopard, but instead stumbled across the small herd of elephants.

Mr Royal said: ‘We stopped to watch them for a while and it was not long after we stopped that the smallest calf burst out of the bush, into the road following his soccer ball made of elephant dung.

‘It seemed like he had been at it from even before we got there because he was so focused on his dung ball, that he did not even notice there was company.

This appears to annoy him, as he whips his trunk around and launches his front right leg at the ball

This appears to annoy him, as he whips his trunk around and launches his front right leg at the ball

‘He seemed to be so impressed by his own skills that he even kicked and rolled the ball around using different strategies and all four of his legs.’

Mr Royal said young elephants are often entertaining to watch because they get up to all sorts of interesting things.

But he said this baby was ‘certainly one of the cutest and funniest things I’d ever seen or heard of’.

The young pachyderm was spotted by Dylan Royal, a guide at andBeyond Kirman's Kamp, while he was driving on September 30

The young pachyderm was spotted by Dylan Royal, a guide at andBeyond Kirman’s Kamp, while he was driving on September 30

He continued: ‘We watched and enjoyed the sighting for a while longer and then I stopped filming.

‘It was like the calf realised that I was no longer filming because it lost interest in the ball of dung and the herd walked a little way into the bush.’

He added: ‘When we lost sighting of most of the herd we decided to move on. As we drove past the abandoned ball, the little one came bursting and trumpeting out at us, kicking up sand and throwing a bit of a tantrum, until we left the area and his toy alone.

‘If you ever come across such a sighting, stay longer, and always keep filming until you are out of the area and sure that no more action is to come out of the sighting.’

By: dailymail.co.uk

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