My Best Friend Is An Elephant | BEAST BUDDIES

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WHAT if your best friend weighed 10,000lbs and was able to crush a watermelon under her foot? Acrobat and animal handler Lauryn Murray, 33, from Florida, grew up in a circus and spends almost every day caring for Lady Essex, a huge Asian elephant. Lauryn says the two are 'as close as a human and an elephant can be’. Amazingly, Lady Essex plays fetch with Lauryn’s dogs and even likes to play with her three-year-old son, who helps give her a bath.
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Videographer / director: Gerrit Messersmith
Producer: Liam Miller, Ruby Coote
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  • david mcgrath
    david mcgrathПре 12 сати

    god bless you kind hearted people ,,elephants are very special creatures ..I love them too ...she loves elephants like I love bears..animals are smarter than we think and they sense kindness and love ,,,its the humans I question??/

  • Hillbilly Mods
    Hillbilly ModsПре 20 сати

    She looks amazing. Well taken care of. If I was the elephant, I'd let her climb on me too!

  • Greg Hakes
    Greg HakesПре 22 сата

    Enjoy your Elephant. She is a bundle of Joy !!!

  • Sorin S
    Sorin SПре 3 дана

    Super excelent!

  • God Is good
    God Is goodПре 3 дана

    Can I please be your second best buddy

  • Ryan Wehr
    Ryan WehrПре 4 дана

    upload footage of the elephant playing fetch with the dog!

  • Clark Kent
    Clark KentПре 4 дана

    I'll never been on a circus & never will waste my money on them.

  • Back4Fungame
    Back4FungameПре 4 дана

    I love elephants

  • Andy Ferguson
    Andy FergusonПре 5 дана

    I’m proud and honored to have a monkey growing up. But I will say I am envious of this family! And while I’m am extremely pro animal rights, it is 100% obvious that this family takes fantastic care of their family member who has a trunk.

    LUKEEATZПре 5 дана

    so cute

  • Tim Rubin Halcomb
    Tim Rubin HalcombПре 6 дана

    This epitomizes what I mean when I say that we should be working towards stopping torment in our world. Not only are we helping another being, we are also making a statement against our own torment. You're doing something very amazing. Thank you.

  • David Smith
    David SmithПре 6 дана

    Actually, elephants live longer in the wild than in captivity. Stress and obesity drives elephants to early deaths.

  • Karsten Suhrmüller
    Karsten SuhrmüllerПре 7 дана


  • anand shukla
    anand shuklaПре 7 дана

    You using elefant for cercus purpose

  • n mandal
    n mandalПре 7 дана

    D u hv baby elephant?

  • Snowman374th
    Snowman374thПре 7 дана

    She's Hot!

  • rowdyraven2003
    rowdyraven2003Пре 8 дана

    Elephants are not pets no should they be used for prophet or personal amusement. They should be free in nature to live there lives naturally with other elephants.

  • sarge242
    sarge242Пре 9 дана

    that is about the most beautiful mahout i have ever seen .........still using a suck up stick i see ......hmmmm beautiful animal though

  • Xavier
    XavierПре 9 дана

    Okay. Now I really want an elephant.

  • Lindsey Alíce Ford
    Lindsey Alíce FordПре 9 дана

    Wow, what a privilege to be able to take care of such a beautiful and powerful animal ❤️

  • Raven Baxter
    Raven BaxterПре 10 дана

    Why doesn’t she have tusks? Asking as I watch while babysitting lol

  • Peppa Pig
    Peppa PigПре 12 дана

    More elephants less humans! Shitty diabolical greedy humans

  • Peppa Pig
    Peppa PigПре 12 дана

    Elephants are literally the best animal

    ENON ENONПре 12 дана

    I travelled with Clyde Beatty Cole Bros show in 1977. My best memories are working with elephants setting up big top. Majestic and respectful animals with honest personalities. This one is getting better care than if it lived in a herd and it loves what it does as much as the person. I'd love to visit sometime!

  • Honey Boo
    Honey BooПре 12 дана

    Why’d you need a metal stick for????

  • hatidze karimanoska
    hatidze karimanoskaПре 12 дана

    omg that's awesome

  • Lydia Martin
    Lydia MartinПре 13 дана

    I just don't really get why the elephant has to do tricks? It's a wild animal. Wasn't bred to be domesticated like a dog. Why the stupid tricks for entertainment? Just let it be an elephant.

  • Dabbing Dabbet
    Dabbing DabbetПре 13 дана

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="185">3:05</a> yo ill be scared if she falls 😳

  • vishal negi
    vishal negiПре 13 дана


  • Russell White
    Russell WhiteПре 14 дана

    Fantastic video!

  • Spiritisalive1
    Spiritisalive1Пре 14 дана

    With all due respect, not all circuses take care of animals. There's a reason why there are rescues. Same with zoo's. Not all zoo's take care of their animals. I'd much rather see these animals in the wild with their herds, their troops, their prides, with their flocks & so forth.

  • AmericanPride1234
    AmericanPride1234Пре 15 дана

    Animals have treated me better than humans. Animals care about me more then humans ever had. 3-16-20

  • jcoghill2
    jcoghill2Пре 15 дана

    There is something about an elephant that is different than other animals. Both elephants and whales have the same quality. When you meet them you can feel you are dealing with something very old. I was a kid in petting zoo when I met my first adult elephant. It's hair is like wire and it has the toughest skin I have ever felt. That elephant and I shared a moment I will never forget and I've never had since.

  • Nobody Special
    Nobody SpecialПре 15 дана

    That is so awesome God bless you girl for taking care of elephants I love elephants but I could I have 10 of them have a 500 acres in Florida and this have a bunch of them running around to be cool

  • Shanna Kirby
    Shanna KirbyПре 15 дана

    Look how smart that thing is!

  • Abigail Poppins
    Abigail PoppinsПре 15 дана

    W H E R E Da TUSKS @????

  • bryan wright
    bryan wrightПре 16 дана

    I see the respect she gives the turn the elephant gives respect..hmmm..say can you train humans also?? Just saying. Thank you

  • bryan wright

    bryan wright

    Пре 13 дана

    @The Wudarian stupid???? Do you use a leash for your dog? Would you rather see it working in Asia somewhere? Sometimes the better of the two evils is sensible. And keep you sixth grade bully comments.....stupid...hmmmm

  • The Wudarian

    The Wudarian

    Пре 13 дана

    shes carrying a weapon used to hurt the elphant throughout the video. dont be stupid they dont show the bad parts.

  • Gergely Molnár
    Gergely MolnárПре 16 дана

    How can something so ugly can be so beautiful? I'm confused and amazed at the same time.

  • Real Human
    Real HumanПре 17 дана

    So...we destroyed their wildlife (natural), put them in circuses and zoo and then took them home as pets? Clearly one species particularly needs to be wiped out from this beautiful Earth!

  • Elsje Massyn
    Elsje MassynПре 17 дана

    Is this woman mad 😠 getting that elephant 🐘 to stand on a tiny chair for human show is disgusting We know how baby elephants are trained with the most horrific cruelty to submit to do tricks for circuses. The baby also had to be removed from her mother shortly after birth No ... I dont believe this witch story. She is advocating for using animals in circuses. She carries a stick with her. That stick is to the elephant 🐘 a reminder of punishment should the elephant refuse to do her bidding Ban animal use in circuses !!

  • Heavy Platinum
    Heavy PlatinumПре 17 дана

    "Animal Rights" activists need to shut up for the rest of their lives because they don't know anything about nature or animals.

  • thelastperson tokeepitreal
    thelastperson tokeepitrealПре 17 дана

    I dont trust her....... She has a bullhook and is riding it. The elephant is not happy at all. Its just trying to please its masters. Poor elephant..... She need to get freed into the wild. The lady is delusional and needs a beating with a bullhook

  • Yargundev
    YargundevПре 18 дана

    So how do you keep your make up with an elephant always around?

  • Johanna Langner
    Johanna LangnerПре 18 дана

    Sorry, i could just throw up now. Why does she needs to "own" an elephant? Those are highly intelligent animals and need to interact in social groups with other elephants. You believe everything is right in this video? So just watch that stick carefully. In one frame you can see it's a hook. With this hooks elephant uses to be tortured, so they are willing to learn tricks. This elephant is not a "buddy", it's an exotic animal slave for an excentricity rich person.

  • olderthangranite
    olderthangraniteПре 19 дана

    I am deeply touched. An elephant or nearly any other animal can have a sort of association and friendship, with a human, that they can't have with their own kind. Same for a human with an animal.

  • ThatsTheTeaHunny yas
    ThatsTheTeaHunny yasПре 19 дана

    Im so jelous my dream is to have a best friend elephant and to live with one and just hecking love it eleohants are my favorite i want a best friend elephant that i can ride and it can pick me up with its truck

  • NerdyNerdUHeard
    NerdyNerdUHeardПре 21 дан

    Nope. First of all: Washing an elephant with soap? In a garden? Soap and nature don't mix bruh. Not good for the environment. Second, why is it that this woman own a stick with some sort of metal on it, in order to make the elephant perform tricks, but calls this a friendship? NO. I might have aspergers and don't understand a lot of non-verbal communication but even I can see that this is nope right.

  • Nadina Anne

    Nadina Anne

    Пре 18 дана


  • NerdyNerdUHeard


    Пре 19 дана

    @Nadina Anne

  • Nadina Anne

    Nadina Anne

    Пре 19 дана

    You are a bit of a headache ...

  • Nadina Anne

    Nadina Anne

    Пре 19 дана

    @NerdyNerdUHeard okay

  • NerdyNerdUHeard


    Пре 19 дана

    @Nadina Anne because the issue isn't that I don't understand the perspective portrayed in the video but rather your point of view. That's why explaining from YOUR point of view would be neccessary. What you're saying is just nonesense, except the examples you finally brought up about the gras being green. I'm still entitled to my own opinion, so saying "you don't understand" makes no senseeee. At least for me.

  • Veanna C
    Veanna CПре 21 дан

    God bless them both

  • Metaluna Zombie

    Metaluna Zombie

    Пре 16 дана

    God bless people born into money. She stated the elephant had been with her since she was born and part of her family. So she grew up rich with pet elephants and zillion miles of land. God Bless!

  • longshank drills
    longshank drillsПре 21 дан

    Wow !!! Lauryn is sweet , & beautiful to boot ... Hubby is a lucky man !!! 👍👍👍Very sweet video !!! 🙂

  • Anita Hopkins
    Anita HopkinsПре 21 дан

    Oh what a lucky Woman.......oh what a lucky gentle beast! ❤️❤️

  • David Elkington
    David ElkingtonПре 22 дана

    Hehe adorable

  • lllilkilla202ll100
    lllilkilla202ll100Пре 22 дана

    To me elephants aren’t beasts they are truly loving animals

  • Dan Taylor
    Dan TaylorПре 22 дана

    its not very often i will dis-agree on youtube because i hate being a hater but that elephant is trained and humiliated,. I know you mean well but she has given up

  • Rachael Houghton
    Rachael HoughtonПре 23 дана

    They are such intelligent and beautiful creatures. You can tell she’s really happy to be with this lady and her family.

  • M. W.
    M. W.Пре 23 дана

    I have mixed feelings about the story! I’m not saying the elephant 🐘 isn’t care for. And it’s obvious she loves this huge gentle one but aren’t they still wild animals, despite how domesticated they appear?

  • Jon2349
    Jon2349Пре 23 дана

    Must be a loottttttt of doodoo to pick up lol. Damn

  • Aneesh Prasobhan
    Aneesh PrasobhanПре 23 дана

    why does the stick have a pointy like sharp hook on it ?

  • Precious Moments
    Precious MomentsПре 23 дана

    The industrial revolution crippled the souls of all living creatures. One day nature will have an accounting of us and return the balance.

  • patrick
    patrickПре 23 дана

    I mean I would understand people wanting to take the Elephant away if she was mistreating her like hitting or not feeding etc however that's not the case. PETA should concentrate there time elsewhere.

  • John Karl
    John KarlПре 25 дана

    She can sit on my trunk any time 🤪

  • Soohyung Lee
    Soohyung LeeПре 25 дана

    imagine if a dog could live that long, the bond u could have...

  • jackie chan
    jackie chanПре 25 дана

    so sweet, so warm

  • Fred Potter
    Fred PotterПре 25 дана

    I'm sure her son would always be safe with the elephant. I don't think she would ever hurt him unless it was by mistake. Like how I step on my cats tail by accident. The same parts of an elephants brain lights up when they see human as a human does when they see puppies. So she prolly thinks her son is cute.

  • azwris
    azwrisПре 25 дана

    Where did you find the elephant???

  • Evelyn deCastro
    Evelyn deCastroПре 25 дана

    That bull hook though.

  • RADFOX 351
    RADFOX 351Пре 26 дана

    You have the greatest pet companion in the entire world. GOD bless you both.

  • Atheïst


    Пре 25 дана

    How you know god bless ????? that's so F..... ignorant

  • c sl
    c slПре 26 дана

    Wild animals should never be OWNED by people!

  • Sergio M. Lebrón
    Sergio M. LebrónПре 27 дана

    This is amazing! Having an animal, whatever the species, is not about ownership but about providing the best life you can. You're "getting" it for selfless reasons. Trust me, I wish I could afford to have an animal sanctuary. I cant but with this being said I volunteer at some animal sanctuarys on my time off. Somehow it makes me sad that this elephant doesnt have other elephants to play around with.

  • crackerxxx
    crackerxxxПре 28 дана


  • Jenny Lee
    Jenny LeeПре 28 дана

    If you love the elephant take her to the elephant rescue farm in Tennessee

  • Eli Brandon
    Eli BrandonПре 29 дана

    I love animals

  • whorebucks
    whorebucksПре 29 дана

    ah yes, all the things elephants would do in the wild.

  • Maya Singhal -vroom vroom-
    Maya Singhal -vroom vroom-Пре месец

    But how did the elephant get there? If it was taken as a baby that is very harsh

  • Jm Lopez
    Jm LopezПре месец

    I can't help but stay in bed all day and yet ShE iS tHroWiNg a *STICK* wIth hEr *NOSE* boi how I missed a lot in me life :(

  • TheFilthyLiam
    TheFilthyLiamПре месец

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="234">3:54</a> That’s a mean-looking hook. She can talk pretty all she wants but this elephant was originally trained by repeatedly sticking a sharp hook in her skin. The woman is still holding suck a hook, as a constant reminder to the elephant that she must obey.

  • Thunderbolt_2239
    Thunderbolt_2239Пре месец

    OMG IT LOOKS SO COOL HOW CAN YOUR ELEPHANT DO THAT, well lemme tell you something in circuses elephants are tortured with bull hooks and eletricuted till there soul leaves the body as a young age well all these cool tricks don't just happen you have to teach a dog how to sit well a dog is not gonna get 10ft tall and weight 18,000 pounds this is an asian elephant not african I know that but do you think she gets all this because her elephant loves her no her elephant is probably half dead fighting for his life if I were him/her I'd crush the damn human. EDIT:Don't get me wrong she takes good care of this elephant but like the tricks and everything nah.

  • Youtube Comment
    Youtube CommentПре месец

    Why am I getting horrible thoughts

  • Geetha Uvaraju
    Geetha UvarajuПре месец

    Does she have another elephant friend?

  • bill tapless
    bill taplessПре месец

    i have tiny problems wish that will go for the ones i will not forget

  • GlitterJuice
    GlitterJuiceПре месец