Because everything on the internet is fake, we weren’t surprised to discover that the text of this tweet isn’t actually accurate. But really, who can even read the text over the sound of HOW CUTE THIS FREAKIN’ ELEPHANT IS.
So OK, it’s not an orphaned baby thanking her caretaker; it’s an elephant born in captivity at Germany’s Hellabrunn Zoo. And she’s giving that zookeeper a head-butt and a trunk-hug not out of gratitude, but because this is apparently just how baby elephants show affection. Exhibit B:
We strenuously caution you not to let this new information spur you to break into a zoo, climb into the elephant closure, and try to get a li’l cuddle. You absolutely should not do this. We’re just saying we’d understand.
Germany's Newest Elephant Calf Snuggles Up to Keepers, Zooborns.