Animals March Madness, Round One: Giraffes Vs. Elephants

The kings and queens of African cute face off in a battle for the ages. See the full bracket here and keep track of all the matchups here!

2. Exhibit A: The double-tuft of hair on a giraffe’s head.

No other animal has such a cute head of hair on their heads. —Whitney Jefferson

AP / David Jenike Getty / MICHAL CIZEK
ID: 944115

3. Exhibit A: Elephants have an adorably fuzzy cluster of fur atop their round elephant heads. Sure, it’s only *one* cluster. But it’s pretty great.

—Matt Bellassai

ID: 971606

4. For example, look at this delightfully fluffy baby elephant be all clumsy and cute.

ID: 971572

5. The fuzziness of his furry elephant head is almost unbearable.

ID: 971574

6. Exhibit B: Giraffes have super-cute long necks!

Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Can you imagine cuddling up to one of these giant necks?

ID: 944119

7. Baby giraffes are extra-cute because of their long necks. So awkward, so cute!

ID: 973689

8. Exhibit B: THIS is how elephants hold hands! Well, not hands exactly. Trunks. But look at how friendly and loving they are.

ID: 971576

11. Exhibit C: Giraffes are really cute when they’re scared.

For example…

ID: 953349

See also:

ID: 973710

14. Exhibit C: This elephant frolicking on the beach. He is a perfect example of how elephants enjoy good, clean fun in the water.

ID: 972438

17. These guys, on the other hand, are a perfect example of how giraffes are drunk and disorderly and irresponsible.

ID: 971636

18. Exhibit D: Every Giraffe’s “Judging You” Face.

How perfect is this face? It conveys both “Go on, I’m listening” and “Oh, REALLY?” in one single expression. I mean, what a perfect animal to have a conversation with! You can yammer on and on…and the giraffe will just listen to you with this expression. Perfection.

And yes, Matt, this is the face I am making at you IRL for that photo of “drunk and disorderly” giraffes above. Obviously one of them tripped and the other is helping him back up.

ID: 941745

20. Exhibit D: Elephants are charmingly gentle giants, and they want to be friends with everybody and everything. For example, look at this baby elephant befriend a group of little ducklings.

ID: 971604

21. Look how badly this elephant wants to befriend this sheep.

ID: 971641

22. Look how eager these elephants are to touch this hunk’s butt.

ID: 971627

23. And most importantly, look at this baby elephant give this man a hug. LOOK AT IT. LOOK. AT. IT.


ID: 971591

24. Exhibit E: The way giraffe parents bend down to lick their babies’ heads.

ID: 973621

25. Aww.

Todd Wevaert / AP
ID: 973615

26. Is there a cuter mother/child pairing in the animal kingdom? I think not.

Brannon Moore / AP
ID: 973617

27. Exhibit E: Elephants are basically always happy, and their huge floppy ears make their lovable smiles all the better.

ID: 972417

30. Exhibit F: A giraffe’s very endearing “derp” face.

ID: 944112

34. They also like to show off this face while expertly executing photobombs.

ID: 971639

38. Exhibit F: Despite their hefty stature, elephants LOVE playing soccer. Just imagine a team of plump elephants chasing a soccer ball around a field. JUST IMAGINE. Or better yet, look at these chunky chaps play ball:

NAVESH CHITRAKAR / Reuters /Landov
ID: 972525
FABIAN BIMMER / Reuters /Landov
ID: 971615

41. In conclusion, giraffes are TOO FABULOUS.

ID: 941754

42. And they are hungry for your votes.

ID: 973795

43. So you must vote for them!

ID: 941753

44. In conclusion, elephants are wild and cute and amazing.

ID: 971575

45. And sometimes super-shy…

ID: 971579

46. So they need you to show them love!

Voting is closed!

Elephants win!

ID: 971601

Check out more articles on!

  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing