The elephant whisperer: Meet the young girl who has a jumbo-sized pet

A young girl has a jumbo-sized pet – after helping tame a fully grown wild ELEPHANT.

Sweet youngster Kim Luân is part of the M’Nong minority who live in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Girl best friends with elephant

Jumbo pet: Kim Luân has made an incredible bond with the huge elephant

The M’Nong tame wild elephant before introducing them to their communities.

Elephants work with people in the field, transport goods and help them build houses.

Girl best friends with elephant

Used in their day-to-day lives for work and transport, elephants play an important part in communities in Buôn M’Liêng, Vietnam

And Kim has grown a strong bond with the huge animal – despite one wrong move being potentially fatal.

The pair are at total ease with each other, while the gentle jumbo happily lets her play around.

Girl best friends with elephant

French photographer, Réhahn, 35, was blown away by the relationship between the unlikely friends

French photographer Réhahn, 35, captured the heart-warming scene in Buôn M’Liêng earlier this month.

He said: “Elephants are considered members of the community – everything related to them must follow M’Nong traditions.

“As a foreigner I was very surprised to see this bond but for the M’nong minority it’s common to have an elephant in the garden – just like we might have a cat.

“I felt the respect between both. The girl was more scared of me than the elephant.”

Réhahn has lived in Vietnam for seven years capturing some 45,000 photos of the country.

Girl best friends with elephant

Youngster, Kim Luân

But this is the first time he has witnessed such interaction between M’Nong and their elephants.

He added: “It’s not dangerous for her – the elephants are peaceful until you try to do wrong with them.

“But M’Nong live in nature with elephant and know how to keep them quiet.

“It’s unique plus M’Nong don’t really wear traditional costume now which makes the photos more special.”