“When an elephant is killed, especially an older female, it’s not necessarily just that individual elephant that suffers,” Daballen said. “Her death can affect an entire family — young elephants are left as orphans, inexperienced females suffer without the knowledge and experience passed down to them and their calves suffer as well.”
When Soutine became a mother herself, she continued to struggle. She’s also remained at the edge of her herd. In fact, Daballen believes that Soutine was trying to rejoin her herd when she attempted to cross the river with her newborn.