Protecting elephants in Africa is one of the most complex conservation issues there is. Not only is there the threat of poaching for the lucrative ivory trade, but elephant conflict with local communities is a constant source of friction.
In this case, rescuers from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) prevented a heart-wrenching story from becoming a tragedy. After a female elephant killed a human, wildlife rangers killed the elephant in retribution, leaving her baby an orphan. Then, things got even worse for the two-month-old, reports DSWT:
The angry community members had set upon the baby in revenge, spearing her several times and when she took refuge in the grounds of a nearby school, the children began stoning her. Very swiftly the Warden of the Naibunga Conservancy came to the calf's rescue and kept her safe from the community who were baying for her blood in retaliation for recent events.
Rescuers rushed to the calf's aid, airlifting her to the elephant orphanage, where she will be rehabilitated and eventually prepared for release. Watch the whole heartwarming incident below: