By Sam Reed
Oct 05, 2018 @ 10:15 am

And on the fifth day of her week-long tour of Africa, First Lady Melania Trump wore a safari helmet, pet and fed baby elephants and danced with children. 

Earlier this week, when FLOTUS stepped out smiling from ear to ear, bouncing babies on her hips as she toured the maternity ward of a hospital in Ghana, we said we'd never seen her happier. We take it back. This is perhaps the happiest we've ever seen her. Observe, Melania playing with orphaned baby elephants at a wildlife park in Kenya: 

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CNN's Kate Bennett, who has been on the FLOTUS beat since the inauguration, wrote that she had "never seen her smile and laugh more than she is now with these baby elephants." Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs added that she "laughed more than reporters could recall witnessing." In all honesty, leaving behind the dumpster fire that is the current state of politics in Washington D.C. (*cough* Kavanaugh *cough*) for a moment of reprieve with some uber cute baby elephants would make us smile, too.

Save for a run in with a few #MeToo protestors outside of the embassy in Malawi, Melania's been relatively unbothered, and speaking very little about her husband. We can only imagine that she is enjoying a change of scenery. 

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At the very least, she's certainly dressed for the occasion. On Friday, the First Lady stepped out looking like an early '00s Ralph Lauren ad, sporting khaki pants tucked into knee-high riding boots, a white button down shirt and her signature windblown loose waves. To really drive the "#FLOTUSInAfrica2018" point home, she even donned a white safari helmet for the full Rudyard Kipling effect. 

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Melania was photographed taking photos of the animals, as well as observing a pile of ash from ivory burns, which is a conservationist effort to discourage poachers from participating in the ivory trade.

Wonder if she'll share any of her findings about the work of conservationits with her sons-in-law, who love an African hunt.

We digress. 

But it's not all fun and baby elephants for Melania. In addition to her mini safari through Nairobi National Park, Melania also hit the ground for a tour of the Nest Children's Home Orphanage. She was welcomed by a gaggle of children, who held her hand and danced with her as they escorted her inside. Yes, there's video: 

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Following her daytime adventures, FLOTUS swapped her Out of Africa look for a yellow striped dress for a visit to the Kenya National Theater. Notice, she's wearing flats. Flats. Though she's swapped out her usual pumps for comfier kicks during other parts of the tour, this is the first time we've seen her sans-stilettos for a photo opp.

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Back stateside, things are looking decidedly more grim as the Senate moves forward with their decision on whether or not to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. On the bright side, we all had a good laugh at this video of President Trump boarding Air Force One with toilet paper stuck to his shoe.

Happy Friday.

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