Baby Elephant Gets a Helping Hand After Taking a Tumble

In a heartwarming display of maternal care, a mother elephant was captured assisting her newborn calf back on its feet after it stumbled multiple times at the water’s edge.

The photos were taken by South African wildlife photographer Charl Stols, who came across the mother and her two calves during their visit to the Chobe River in Botswana.

Stols, a 39-year-old photo host for Pangolin Photo Safaris, witnessed the adorable interaction during a boat ride.

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He observed the elephant family for nearly 40 minutes, noting that the smallest calf appeared only a few hours old, recognizable by its pink hue and unsteady legs.

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The heartwarming snaps were captured by South African wildlife photographer Charl Stols during a boat ride. Source: Daily Mail

The mother elephant demonstrated devotion by gently lifting the struggling calf with her trunk and feet each time it fell.

In a surprising turn of events, the family crossed the river to one of the islands, with the young calf managing to swim the entire distance, only its trunk visible above water.

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Stols expressed his awe at the sighting, remarking that it was the youngest elephant he had ever seen.

The emotional experience of observing the mother’s gentle guidance and the calf’s swimming abilities left a lasting impression on the photographer, who dreams of witnessing an elephant birth someday.

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Luckily mum was on hand to help and can be seen carefully lifting her precious offspring back up using her trunk and her feet. Source: Daily Mail
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The newborn was set on its feet again after its nasty tumble by the water’s edge, with a helping hand from Mum. Source: Daily Mail
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Whoops! The young elephant calf fell flat on the ground at the water’s edge in Botswana, captured by South African wildlife photographer Charl Stols. Source: Daily Mail
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The new family – a mum and two youngsters – were seen making their way to the river for a drink at the Chobe River in Botswana when the smallest calf fell down several times. Source: Daily Mail
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The mother elephant used her trunk and her feet to help get the baby elephant back on its feet. Stols watched the elephants interact for around 40 minutes. Source: Daily Mail
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‘The smaller calf seemed to be only a few hours old, still in pink color and wobbly on its feet,’ the photographer said. Source: Daily Mail
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At the water’s edge, the newborn ‘plunged down several times, and the mother gently helped it back up. ‘To watch the mother gently guiding him and then even seeing the little calf swim was a touching experience,’ Stols said. Source: Daily Mail
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‘It was a very special moment. We have lots of elephants in Chobe, but that must have been the youngest elephant I’d ever seen,’ Stols said. Source: Daily Mail
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The newborn calf is pictured under the protection of its mother at the edge of the Chobe River. Wildlife photographer Stols described the incident as a ‘very special moment.’ Source: Daily Mail

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