It's no surprise that a dog loves playing catch — but an elephant?
Bubbles, a 32 year old African elephant, who found fame on the big screen, starring in Ace Ventura II, Malaika and a Janet Jackson music video, plays in the river with his best friend Bella a 3 year old labrador in Myrtle Beach Safari, South Carolina.
Bella and Bubbles enjoy a game of catch in the water reserve at Myrtle Beach Safari which is home to other species of endangered animals. When it is tossed into the air, Bella leaps off to retrieve it and then swims off, with her playmate in hot pursuit.
"They just love to romp around together." says Bhagavan Antle, director of the wildlife park in California where the two friends live.
Bubbles and her other animal friends are part of a wild life conservation effort called The Rare Species Fund in Southern California.
The trainer describes her as "small and helpless for an elephant" on the animal's Facebook page, after her parents were killed for their tusks during a 20 year slaughter which ended with the ban on ivory import in 1989.
Bubbles was among the few orphaned animals that were flown to the US where a handful of facilities awaited their arrival. Most were either killed or discarded due to a lack of housing and care in Africa
Antle describes how meeting Bubbles was "love at first site", adding the centre had thought carefully about adopting an elephant which can live for 60 to 100 years.
Now 30 years old and over 9ft, Bubbles weighs approximately four tons.
Wildlife parks are places where animals like Bubbles get another chance. It is a great job for those who have a passion for helping animals, and is very rewarding. Employees who have seen Bubbles grow up and overcome her struggles declared that it is the best job in the world and that it makes them extremely happy.
Would you like to work in a Wildlife Park protecting animals? Here are some links to some of them:
Faunia (Spain): http://www.faunia.es/
Wildlife Sydney: http://www.wildlifesydney.com.au/
Yorkshire Wildlife Park: http://www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com/