We all know of the selfie and its ever-growing variations: the welfie (workout selfie), the shelfie (snaps of bookshelves), the belfie (butt selfie), but have you heard of the “elfie”?
This is one of the most recent terms that the internet has created, thanks to a man who recently made a trip to Thailand; someone who most probably had a better elephant interaction than the rest of the tourist population there.
22-year-old Christian LeBlanc, who is on a eight-month trip in Southeast Asia, was was traveling in Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand when he and his girlfriend came across a group of elephaths. After running out of bananas to feed them, they got a awesome surprise.
The elephant, probably mistaking the GoPro for food, got the camera from LeBlanc and took the “selfie of a lifetime.”
“My GoPro was set to continuous shooting so when the elephant grabbed my camera the result was the world’s first ever Elphie!” LeBlanc wrote. “Elephants are incredibly intelligent and it definitely makes you wonder if it was a conscious action. Still cannot believe the photo happened or that it has gained the global media attention it has.”
“At first, I was a little cautious of its size. However, a few minutes in, I realized that despite its power, the elephant was relatively gentle. I got comfortable enough that I let my guard down,” he told CNN.
LeBlanc said that he will be travelling to Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Japan soon. It looks like he is currently traveling in the Philippines, as he posted a photo of Apo Island 18 hours ago on Instagram.
He should make sure that the GoPro will be with him everywhere he goes–you’ll never know what other selfie variation/s he and some cute animal comes up with!