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Asian elephants are a greatly respected species in Asian continents, and one particularly cute specimen has captured the internet's attention this week...

Now, the Asian elephant is a majestic species.

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With it being the largest mammal on the Asian continent, this species of elephant is greatly respected in cultures all around Asia.

They are extremely sociable animals...

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The Asian elephant is usually spotted in groups of around 6 or 7 females, and they are known to join other groups of elephants to form a larger group.

This elephant is an important cultural symbol...

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And they are very much loved and respected across the Asian continents.

They symbolize wisdom and royal power...

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And many religious groups worship these beautiful animals.

These elephants are that loved, in fact, that they are celebrated every year...

The Elephant Festival in India is celebrated every year in Jaipur, and it focuses solely on the Asian elephant and its contributions to Indian culture. It attracts thousands of guests and it is very much a big part of Indian culture.

But the festival has caused controversy in the past...

The Elephant Festival was canceled in the years 2012 and 2014 due to protests from animal activists.

They stated that the paints that are applied to the elephant's skin are laced with chemicals, and would be potentially harmful to these wild animals. Activists also argued that the elephants taking part in the festival were being subjected to "performing" and, as a result, the Animal Welfare Board needed to grant permission for the animals to be used.

The Elephant Festival isn't the only celebration to use the animals, however...

The Temple of the Tooth, Buddhism's holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, holds the annual festival with traditional drummers and dancers as well as nearly 100 tamed Asian elephants.

The elephants involved in the festival are trained and come from sanctuaries...

And the majority of these majestic animals are treated with respect and are looked after efficiently and kindly.

But this sadly doesn't apply to all elephants...

From seeing the way in which wild animals were treated in circuses, it is clear that some animals that are tamed and are kept in sanctuaries and captivity will be abused and mistreated at the hands of sick and twisted individuals.

There are organizations out there battling to protect these elephants...

Save Elephant Foundation is a foundation that is dedicated to protecting Asian elephants all across the continent.

They promote the humane treatment of elephants and all wildlife...

"It is our mission to save the Asian elephant from extinction and give domesticated elephants a life worth living by preserving habitat and increasing public awareness on humane treatment practices," the foundation stated.

They encourage the kind and respectful treatment of all elephants...

The foundation gives tourists and guests the opportunity to visit and meet the elephants that are under their care, which involves bathing, stroking, and feeding the animals, rather than riding them.

And there's one particularly cute elephant that has captured the internet's attention this week.

Thanks to its very human reaction to being caught in the act!

This adorable little guy was caught stealing some sugarcane for a midnight snack, and his reaction to being caught was amazing.

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