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An elephant interrupted my TV broadcast — what happened next was nuts

There’s an elephant in the room.

In a video clip shared Monday, a Kenyan TV journalist is adorably interrupted by a young elephant as he reports from Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a not-for-profit wildlife rehabilitation center for elephants and rhinos in Nairobi. 

The video shared on Sheldrick’s Instagram page shows KBC Television reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda standing in front of a herd of elephants as he begins his broadcast. Everything appears calm at first, but the segment quickly takes a turn when one of the elephants rests her trunk on Kaunda’s shoulder mid-sentence.

“It is said charity begins at home, and for these young orphaned elephants, this charitable foundation is what they call home,” Kaunda begins. “It is the place where they discover and are taught life’s lessons, experience love and grapple with loss.”

KBC Television reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda in front of elephants
KBC Television reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda stands in front of a herd of elephants as he begins his broadcast.
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The 4-year-old female elephant, named Kindani, moves to inspect Kaunda’s ear and the top of his head. The reporter tries to ignore the massive animal’s flirting, appearing unbothered, but when the elephant puts her trunk all over Kaunda’s face, it prompts him to erupt into a ton of laughter. 

Kaunda laughs so hard he has to cover his mouth with his hand.

KBC Television reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda with an elephant's trunk on his head
Kaunda is talking about charity when an elephant named Kindani makes a play.
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KBC Television reporter Alvin Patterson Kaunda laughing
Kaunda erupts into a ton of laughter because of the elephant’s antics.
Instagram / @kbc_television

The viral video has earned more than 63,000 likes on the non-profit’s Instagram page. People are not only taken by Kindani, they are also super impressed with Kaunda’s journalistic talent.

“He tried so hard to keep it together….to be fair he did so much better than I ever could have,” one commenter wrote on Instagram. 

Another wrote, “So completely brilliant. What an ability to maintain poise!! #kenyapride.”

One viewer even found a funny moment in the beginning of the video, before Kindani put her trunk on Kaunda. “When she first peeks over the backside of the other elephant,” the viewer wrote, followed by a string of crying-laughing emojis.

Even though Kindani didn’t weight for Kaunda to finish, his message was still very clear.

“Human actions are destroying habitats, decimating our entire ecosystem and disrupting the circle of life,” Kaunda says in the video clip. “Under the rising drought cases, it is up to us to be guardians of our own natural world, save our one species and provide a home.”

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