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It occurred while a herd of nearly 30 elephants playfully chased each other and rolled around on the floor at the popular tourist destination. Photographer Jacques Matthysen said two young elephants locked trunks, like humans would hold hands, in a touching embrace Jacques, who works as a photographer for the reserve, said he is used to seeing the young elephants act in a playful manner, but their affectionate behaviour took him by surprise. As Jacques and a group of visitors looked on, two of the elephants stopped chasing each other and entwined their trunks in a loving gesture.

This is the heart-warming moment two young African elephants locked trunks in a touching embrace that was caught on camera.

The very public display of human-like affection was photographed by Jacques Matthysen at the Kariega Game Reserve, east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Photographer Jacques Matthysen said two young elephants locked trunks, like humans would hold hands, in a touching embrace

Jacques, who works as a photographer for the reserve, said he is used to seeing the young elephants act in a playful manner, but their affectionate behaviour took him by surprise.

As Jacques and a group of visitors looked on, two of the elephants stopped chasing each other and entwined their trunks in a loving gesture.

At one point it appeared as if they were ‘kissing’.

The 37-year-old photographer said: ‘The mood in the herd seemed “excited”. We moved out to a safer distance – about 50 metres (164ft) – away when one of the younger bulls, about eight years of age, started chasing a younger bull.

The heart-warming moment occurred as a herd of nearly 30 elephants playfully chased each other and rolled around on the floor.

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