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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.