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It is often said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks however at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Cuddles the African Elephant who is 39 years old, is proving this theory wrong having learnt how to kick and pass a football.

Cuddles has been working on these new skills as part of the enrichment program the keepers undertake with the elephants to ensure they are being stimulated both physically and mentally.

Recently Cuddles was able to show off her new skills when the Bulldogs rugby league team visited the Zoo.  Cuddles demonstrated her new fancy footwork with the football by kicking the ball off a tee and passing it to the players with her trunk.

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