Abandoned A Baby Elephant, Receives Help From An Unexpected Place!

Every animal has a family. Just like with humans, they come in different forms, and some are more dysfunctional than others. These families, referred to in most cases as packs or herds, can be incredibly passionate, but they can also be brutal.

Abandoned And Alone

In some circumstances, a pack will abandon one of its own, essentially leaving it to die in the wild. While humans sometimes come along and save these animals, they don’t always make things better.

Abandoned And Alone

Traveling with backup

You’ll often find with animals in the wild that they’re never alone. Many animals, including lions, wolves, and giraffes, like to travel around in a pack. Usually, this is because of their protective instinct.

Traveling with backup

Intimidating

Would you think about approaching a whole herd of wild animals? Probably not. With elephants, though, it’s much more of a social thing. One elephant alone is hard to take down, so they don’t exactly have to worry about being attacked on their own.

Intimidating

Fending For Themselves

Adults can reach heights of 10 feet, and weigh over 6 tons, which is pretty intimidating if you’re another animal in the wild. While they may travel in packs, though, they don’t always stick together, and others can get left behind.

Fending For Themselves

Pack mentality

It’s usually the female elephants who stick together, along with their young. The males tend to abandon the herd in search of females once they’re the right age. Due to the motherly influence in the packs, there’s usually a strong feeling of family that is difficult for anyone to sever.

Pack mentality

Never By Choice

You’ll never find a female elephant abandoning her child by choice, although sometimes they’re put in situations where there’s nothing they can do. That’s what happened to one young elephant in South Africa, who was abandoned by the rest of its pack when danger approached them. Terrified and alone, it was left to fend for itself when something unexpected happened.

Never By Choice

Cooling off

This unusual situation came about after the pack found themselves by one of the area’s natural pools. Living in the African heat, it’s essential for elephants to stay hydrated, which is why the animal usually populates these places. As well as water, these pools have an abundance of mud which a lot of the younger elephants enjoy rolling around in. The mud acts as a coolant under the intense sunshine and keeps them from overheating. However, playing around in these pools can have dangerous consequences.

Cooling off

Dangerous Consequences

The watering hole in Africa can be a very scary place, especially for baby animals. There are constantly lurking predators all around. Mothers have to be especially careful of their babies, who are most of the time the target. In one fail swoop they can be taken by a lion, or even something lurking in the water.

Dangerous Consequences

The Watering Hole

As the elephants gathered round the pool to cool off, the mothers were on high alert and made sure to cover their young ones. They drank and played in the water, and it seemed that they were in the all clear.

The Watering Hole

Stuck in the mud

When it came time to leave the vicinity however, one young elephant found themselves trapped in the mud. No matter how hard it tried, it couldn’t escape from its confines. Would the other elephants jump to its rescue?

Stuck in the mud

What Now?

The pack wasn’t about to leave one of its own struggling in the mud, so several of the adults tried to push the calf out from the back. However, despite their strength, their efforts were also in vain. The young elephant remained stuck in the mud, with virtually no progress being made. Was it possible to get them out?

What Now?

Calling in reinforcements

The pack wasn’t going to give up. They called for reinforcements, and pretty soon the whole herd was standing around the pool doing what they could to help out the struggling infant. Even as a pack, though, they couldn’t pull the calf from the mud. The older elephants were growing frustrated with their inability to free their young, but little did they know that trouble was brewing. The calls they’d made to each other to try and help out the calf had attracted the attention of something else.

Calling in reinforcements

Left To Fend For Itself

All the commotion raised the attention of some unwanted visitors, and the target was not only stuck, but exposed and the herd had no way of helping. What was going to happen?

Left To Fend For Itself

Here comes trouble

The elephants didn’t know how to react when a jeep full of men started driving towards them. The car was going around in circles trying to break them up, but the pack was defiant. They didn’t know who these strangers were, but they weren’t afraid to take them on. Had one of their young not been trapped in the mud, they might have all made a break for it. However, even when faced with danger, they weren’t going to leave one of their own behind.

Here comes trouble

Watching from afar

As the tense showdown between the elephants and the men in the jeep raged on, a couple of tourists watched from afar. They’d encountered the elephants while they’d been relaxing by the pools, but kept their distance. One of them could have easily squashed them, let alone a whole pack, and they didn’t want to disturb the animals. Even when the calf had gotten trapped in the mud, they’d had to keep their distance in case they upset the pack. All they could do was watch as the action unfolded.

Watching from afar

Tough decision

As the men in the jeep continued to terrify the animals, the younger ones buckled. Unsure of what was happening and terrified of being hurt, they started to flee. As the other calves began to run away, the adults were stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, they couldn’t leave the trapped calf to fend for itself. On the other, the rest of their pack were dispersing, and they needed to all stay together. They had a difficult decision to make.

Tough decision

Left abandoned

Reluctantly, the rest of the pack moved away, leaving the trapped calf all alone. Already scared, the young elephant was frantic with worry and tried hard to get away. All the while, the men in the car kept driving closer until they stopped by the side of the pools. The animal had no idea what to do. These strange men who had successfully scared off their entire pack were now coming straight for them. The question is, were there intentions good or bad?

Left abandoned

Here to help

Fortunately for the calf, the men meant it no harm. They were rangers with the Elephant Park who had heard the pack’s distress calls. They’d had to scare the other elephants away from the scene. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have been able to get close and lend a hand. While their intentions were good, though, they weren’t sure of the best way to help the calf out of its predicament. One of the men jumped into the mud and tried lifting the animal up, but it was too heavy.

Here to help

Try everything

When that failed to work, they tried using a rope to get the animal out. They tied it to the calf’s legs and pulled, but again to no success. Even as a baby, the elephant was still incredibly heavy. Not sure what else to try, the rangers started patting the mud to see if it would help the calf get more movement. Just when they thought they were out of options, the elephant showed signs of breaking free. Before they knew it, the calf was out of the mud.

Try everything

Trapped again

Although the calf was now free, the rangers couldn’t just let it run off. It had no idea where the rest of its pack was and could end up in more danger if left to its own devices. So, the rangers decided to bring the young elephant with them and look after it until its pack made a reappearance. To ensure that it didn’t go running off, the men tied the calf to a tree with a rope, essentially trapping it again after it had just escaped from the mud.

Trapped again