The reporter kept going after the elephant's trunk poked his ear, but when it tickled his nose, he finally gave in to a fit of giggles.
Two dozen elephants were found sleeping in a forest clearing, surrounded by the shattered remains of clay pots used to brew a potent, flower-based liquor.
"These behaviors, like similar behaviors in primates, seem to upend the popular belief that only humans have an awareness of death," an expert told Newsweek.
"Undoubtedly, this was retaliatory action by the herd upon the very person who took the life of one of their young," Save The Asian Elephants told Newsweek.
The incredibly rare elephant twins, first spotted by research teams in January, never had a great chance of survival amid the ongoing drought.
Colossal Biosciences is working on the development of a vaccine designed to protect endangered Asian elephants from a highly fatal disease.
Save the Elephants CEO Frank Pope told Newsweek: "She [was] a survivor. [She'd] gone through everything that elephants have gone through."
"I was waiting for him to kneel on me and crush me and slice his tusks through me... I was petrified," conservationist Saba Douglas-Hamilton told Newsweek.
Several animals have escaped through the fence of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in South Africa and are causing chaos in the area.
A report from the United Nations University found that a herd of 15 hungry, thirsty elephants was "financially devastating" to farmers.
Keepers later described her as "milk drunk" after she downed so much in her first meal.
Police arrived to find the owner's body in a pool of blood after the elephant attacked him with its tusks.
"The three people, killed on the spot, were chased down by the herd," a forest officer said.
Many Redditors believe the elephant was performing a "mock charge" in an attempt to "intimidate" the men.
A second elephant has died of a lethal strain of herpes just days after her younger brother was killed by the virus in a Swiss zoo.
Two adorable elephant calves tried out their tusker skills to confront a tourist safari at a South African game reserve.
The 70-year-old woman, Maya Murmu, was attacked by the wild elephant as she walked to collect water in India.
This is the cool moment elephants take a break from the heat at a zoo's new enclosure.
Lydia Tiller, from Save the Elephants, told Newsweek they are seeing a huge increase in the number of human and elephant conflicts across Africa.
A herd of 11 elephants entered a village in India at 2AM on May 25, and attacked the man on his field
Getting up for a morning coffee is not always a memorable experience, but in South Africa, your morning routine might come with a side of sporting elephants.
The 2-month-old calf was found lying in the muddy, shallow well with no family around.
A pair of former zoo elephants packed their trunks to move to a lush animal sanctuary after spending their lives in captivity.
A superstud bull elephant is amazing zoo fans with his astonishing feats of strength and skill.
Villagers living near to where the incident occurred in Zimbabwe were later allowed to take home elephant meat from the accident scene.
The starving elephant was denied basic amenities in her past life, like clean water and nutritious food
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, told Newsweek that elephant mothers can't usually support two calves.
In the footage, a woman can be heard gasping in fear as they film the elephant flipping the car in Cape Vidal, South Africa.