A baby elephant at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, interrupts a news reporter while he was making a report on the impacts of human on environment, leading to the loss of habitats for millions of species. The humorous incident has since gone viral.
Alvin Kaunda, reporting for KBC, stood with several elephants on his sides and began his report about orphaned baby elephants who are losing their habitats on account of droughts and other impacts on the environment by human activities and the need to preserved their natural habitat. He explains, how the trust is the only home for the orphaned elephants. And that humans are to be guardians of our own natural world.
As he was speaking in front of the camera, a baby elephant became curious of the human standing in front. The elephant first moved its trunk on his back, then to his left ear and slowly climbed up the top of his head as Alvin continued to report unbothered. When the trunk finally got to his mouth, Alvin with his reporting crew erupted in laughter. He then steps aside, hands on his mouth and turned towards the elephant who was retreating.
“At first I felt the elephant trunk’s contact on my back but decided to keep going because I was doing my almost 10th take of my piece to camera,” Kaunda said. “I wasn’t gonna let anything stop me. Until the baby elephant stuck its trunk in my mouth.”
Alvin Kaunda is a student of Technical University of Mombasa, currently working as a reporter at the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) News department. The video has spread across like a wildfire all over the internet. Unbeknownst to him, he has become popular.
“I was surprised. I posted the video on my own Instagram page because I thought it was funny, like, I normally do. I honestly, never expected it to go viral because it was a normal part of my routine”, Alvin said.