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Protective mama elephant kicks a calf after it got too close to her baby

A protective elephant was caught by camera k.i.c.k.ing a calf after it got too close to its baby.

The video was recorded by a visitor to the San Diego Wildlife Park in California.

In footage recently shared online, two baby elephants can be seen racing through the enclosure alongside each other.

But on the right side of the screen, an adult elephant suddenly turned to face them.

It lunged towards the pair of infants who quickly separated.

The adult elephant then raised its trunk to nudge one of the unexpected calves, causing it to slide across the ground.

The video, which was recorded by a visitor to the San Diego Wildlife Safari Park in California, shows two elephant calves hurrying across the enclosure alongside each other before an adult storms towards them
It lifts its front left leg and hits the back of one of the unsuspecting calves which is facing the other way

The fully grown mammal lifts its front left leg and strikes the calf in the back again before using a jerking motion to knock it down a slope.

The youngster staggered and fell to the floor with his legs and trunk flailing as he cried for help.

Zoo visitors watching the action from afar can hear ragged breathing before one woman says: “That was rude.”

The calf quickly stood up and began to walk away nonchalantly.

Visitors to the zoo draw a sharp intake of breath as the calf stumbles and crashes to the floor with its legs and trunk flailing before it lets out a distress call
A second adult, who is chewing on a bamboo stick and is thought to be the calf’s mother, bustles over to investigate and raises its trunk as if to check that the calf is unharmed

A second adult, who was chewing on a bamboo stick and believed to be the calf’s mother, ran over to investigate and lifted its body over the calf as if to check that it was unharmed.

The group continued to meander and the video ended shortly after.

The clip was recorded shortly after the two elephants were born simultaneously but has recently surfaced online.

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