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Photos: Elephants love playing in snow. Who knew?

January 4, 2011 |  8:50 pm

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We're beginning to sense a trend here. Elephants seem to be enjoying winter, and specifically having a blast playing with -- and, in some cases, eating -- snow.

The fact that elephants can paint masterful portraits has already been established. Can a pachyderm-constructed snowman be far behind?

Above, a resident of the Berlin Zoo is shown picking up snow and sticking it right into its own mouth in a series of photos taken last week. Clearly, this creative elephant has just discovered the concept of Sno Cones -- all that's missing is fruit flavoring.

After the jump, check out more photos of snow-loving elephants!

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More fun with snow at the Berlin Zoo -- although it seems like this elephant hasn't yet learned that a snowball fight is a lot more fun with an opponent.

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Our winter-loving elephant friend throws a snowball on its own head at the Berlin Zoo.

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It holds a snowball -- made with its own trunk! -- at the Berlin Zoo. Off to build an elephant-sized snow fort, we have no doubt.

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An elephant uses its trunk to knock snow into its mouth at the Berlin Zoo. Ingenuity is not just for humans, after all.

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Moving from Germany to the Czech Republic, we find an Indian elephant tossing a snowball into its mouth at the Prague Zoo.

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Numbi, an African elephant at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, teaches her calf Tuluba that snow can be fun to play with and to eat.

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You've got to hand it to little Tuluba -- he catches on quick!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

1st-5th photos: John MacDougall / AFP/Getty Images

6th photo: David W. Cerny / Reuters

7th-8th photos: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

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