However as this YouTube video proves they can also make for some pretty good entertainment.
The video titled Elephant Calf Charging was first uploaded onto YouTube by African Bushcamp Company in 2012, but has suddenly gained online popularity over the weekend.
In the video, shot at Mfuwe Lodge, a young calf tries to show just how tough it can be.
However, the cute little animal quickly realises that it is no match for the car and turns around running to the safety of its mom.
This video is sure to make you smile today: