This stunning series of photos shows an adorable baby elephant being helped by his mother after getting stuck in a watering hole.
The incident took place on the Chobe River, Botswana and was captured by Neal Cooper, 50, a professional photographer from South Africa.
The calf appeared to be having an incredible time frolicking in the water, but he struggled to get back into dry land when playtime was over.
But the baby’s mother came to the rescue, wrapping her trunk around the boy’s body and lifting him out of the pool before gently kicking his back to help him scramble up the bank.
Neal said: ‘The elephant family had come to the river and a young child wanted to play and bathe in the water.
‘But the baby elephant was only a few weeks old, and so the mother needs to keep an eye on him to make sure he wasn’t in any danger.
‘It looked like the mother was teaching the calf how to use mud to stay cool in the heat, but also how to get out when it’s stuck. She looks like she was teaching by setting an example.
‘The river is always a great place to visit and photograph wild elephants because you can witness the different family units and how they interact with other ones as well as with their own.’