Helpless Elephants Trust People To Save Their Drowning Baby
Her family stood by in terror as she struggled in the water.
A panicked herd of enormous elephants stood by helplessly as one of their littlest was drowning. The banks were too deep and the mud too slippery for them to get her out on their own.
Luckily, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Voi Elephant Keepers received a call about the distressed elephant and rushed to the scene to help. But the elephants of the herd were upset about the drowning baby, and seemed ready to charge at any approaching threat. Very carefully, the Voi Elephant Keepers got closer to the ditch where the baby flailed.
"The rescue proved extremely challenging with two wild elephant herds highly charged and remaining at the scene trying their level best to protect their baby, and by doing so inhibiting the rescue team from approaching," The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust wrote on their Facebook page. A backup vehicle arrived to section off a safe area for the rescuers to approach.
The Elephant Keepers used straps to pull the baby up to higher ground, and then the tiny elephant was able to climb the rest of the way out on her own.
The baby rushed back to her family, who immediately surrounded her to keep her safe.
"They just want to protect their babies, not knowing whether you are there to help or hurt," one Facebook commenter observed. "Thank you for letting them see you are the good guys."