While out on patrol in South Africa's Londolozi Game Reserve recently, safari guide Amy Attenborough had what she calls the most "touching and incredible" elephant-viewing experiences she's ever had - which speaks volumes about the bonds of loyalty these animals share with one another.
In the dense shrubland of the reserve, Attenborough stopped to watch a herd of elephants passing when she noticed one of the younger members was in distress. A bull calf, estimated to be just a few years old, had become entangled in a poacher's snare which was wrapped tightly around his back leg, digging into his skin.
Fortunately, the snare had broken or was untied from its anchor point, allowing the animal to flee the spot where a poacher would likely be returning. Although he was free, his escape was hampered by the several feet of metal wire which he continued to drag behind him, getting caught in the thick vegetation as he moved away.