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