"Elephants in the wild, if you don't understand them, can be extremely dangerous," said Christy. In the video, he admits he probably would've been injured if he approached these elephants on his own.
Thanks to his chaperones, Christy was able to walk right up to the adult elephants without any apparent danger. By seeing Christy enter the mud hole with the babies, the adult elephants knew he wasn't a threat.
"Whether they know it or not," Christy said, "[these orphaned babies] are protecting me as I go into this group of wild elephants."