My best friend is an elephant

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.

See their close bond in the video above.