This is the adorable moment a kind elephant returns a child’s shoe after it fell into its enclosure at a zoo in China.
The incident took place at Shendiao Mountain Wildlife World in Xixiakou, in the city of Weihai, which is a port city in eastern China’s Shandong Province.
The images show the elephant picking up the shoe with its trunk and then lifting it up to the young child who with the help of an adult reaches out and grabs it.
The child even appears to give the elephant some food to thank it.
The zoo manager, who has not been named, reportedly told Chinese media: “This is a male elephant, whose name is Shanshan. He came to our park when he was about 6 years old. He is 25 years old this year. He is very smart and can interact with the keepers.”
The footage was uploaded to Douyin, which is what TikTok is called in China, on 14th August, where it quickly made the rounds.
Some netizens remarked that one of the elephant’s tusks was broken.
Chinese media reported that this had happened when the elephant knocked it against the side of the enclosure while playing and that it had not been caused by humans.