Beautiful! Elephant Herd Rescues Baby Elephant

This is the moment an elephant calf got stuck in a river, and needed a helping hand… or, rather, a helping trunk (or two).

The baby elephant struggled in the water as its mother and the rest of the herd tried and tried again to rescue the youngster. After nearly 10 minutes of struggle, something beautiful happened (shown in the footage at the bottom of the page)..

This amazing moment was caught on camera at Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa.

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How did the baby elephant end up in the river? It has to do with elephant behavior.

Adult elephants drink water by using their trunks to suck up the water and then spray it into their mouth like a hose, but baby elephants don’t learn how to do this until after 6-8 months.

During this period, they must lap water from the river using their mouth, forcing them to get much deeper into the water than an elephant normally would.

Image: YouTube/Graeme Mitchley

In their inexperience, elephant calves will often end up falling in when they bend down to drink from the river.

A baby elephant in a river could mean a quick, easy meal for predators, especially a hungry crocodile. In the video below, witness how the elephant herd came together to help save a life of one of their own when the baby got stuck in the mud while drinking water.

At one moment, it looks as if the herd gives up on the young elephant and leaves the scene. Only the mother stays.

In a desperate attempt, the mother backs towards the river and sticks out her leg, in hopes of the youngster taking hold – to no avail. We hear the concerned groans of the human onlookers mix with the worried shrieking of the mother in a startling cacophony.

After several minutes of struggle, the herd once again returns with a great roar. This time they seem more determined than ever.

Finally a younger elephant boldly enters the river, quickly followed by several members of the herd. It seems they were being more cautious at first, in fear that the river would be too deep and they would all get swept away.

As several elephants enter the river, we see just what kind of amazingly coordinated teamwork elephants are capable of. They work together using brute force to help the youngster out of the river and up onto dry land.

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