Elmer is strolling in the jungle picking flowers for his sweetheart, Tillie Tiger. That's when it was her birthday, when he was finished, he came to her party and gave them to her. Tillie kissed on his trunk, and went up to her house telling him to have a good time and that she'll be right back. The other kids lead by Tuffy Tiger make fun of Elmer and his trunk, and kick him out of the party, and tease him of his relationship with Tillie and mockingly say that his trunk looks like a rubber hose, Elmer gets angry of the insults, and walks sulkingly into the jungle, while the kids laugh.
Elmer look at his reflection, then his own trunk, he pulls it toward his face and binds it with a string from his hat. But the cord snaps and his trunk ripples the water, it looks like it extended in the reflection. Elmer gets furious and kicks his trunk, however it hits his head, he cries and sucks up the two tears with his truck nostrils. He pulls out his hankerchief and blows on it two times and wipes his eyes. He hears an old voice asking him what is the matter, he around and seen the voice came from Mr. Giraffe. He asks Elmer the he had nose trouble, which the young elephant responds with a nod. The old animal says animals make fun of him too, but also says he didn't care about it, he spits a chew at his left side. Mr. Giraffe tells Elmer that he thinks he has a funny looking snout, he tells to just take a look at the pelicans over there. Elmer smiles at both them and the giraffe.
Elmer and Mr. Giraffe heard an alarm, which the latter said there must be a fire. Elmer climbed up Mr. Giraffe and sees that Tillie and kids are in trouble with fire. He slides down the giraffe's back and runs toward her direction, with Mr. Giraffe and the pelicans following him. Elmer had the pelicans bring water to himself to extinguish the flames. He saves Tillie and they kiss while covered by Elmer's right ear.
Elmer would later go on to star in a serial in the Silly Symphonies comic strip, even getting his own short-lived comic strip, and would continue to appear occasionally in comic books. However, with the exceptions of the crowd shots in the later Silly Symphonies short Toby Tortoise Returns and a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Elmer was never again featured in animation, although his name was mentioned on a punch card in the Mickey Mouse Works cartoon "Donald's Rocket Ruckus".