Heroic Elephant Mom Gathers Herd to Rescue Drowning Baby in South African River

In a heartwarming display of maternal love and teamwork, a mother elephant recently saved her baby from drowning in a South African river, rallying the support of the herd to help pull the youngster to safety.

ADVERTISEMENT

Curious about the river, the young calf ventured into the shallows to take a drink. Inexperience led to the baby falling into the deep water, it’s head barely visible as the frantic mother tried to lift it with her trunk.

Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 1
A mother elephant saved her baby from drowning in a nearby river, enlisting the herd’s help to pull her newborn out. Source: Daily Mail

Responding to the mother’s call for aid, five other herd members joined the effort, successfully extracting the calf from the water.

ADVERTISEMENT

The dramatic rescue was captured in a series of stunning photographs by Wesley Wolmarans, a 33-year-old photographer.

Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 2
A dramatic rescue comes after a calf falls into a nearby river, prompting its mother to attempt a rescue frantically. Source: Daily Mail

Wolmarans recounted the scene, saying, “We had found the small herd, and as we watched them approach, we noticed a tiny baby making his way to the other side to drink.

The little one was still too young to use his trunk, so he attempted to drink with his mouth.” The calf’s misstep led to a tense situation in the South African river.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The mum jumped up and started to panic as the little one struggled to keep his head above the water,” Wolmarans continued.

Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 3
His head was barely visible on the water as his mother frantically tried to grab him and pull him up with her trunk. Source: Daily Mail

“Frantic attempts from the mum to retrieve the little one resulted in a sudden and loud trumpet, and within a second, the entire herd was in the water searching for the little one.”

The herd members used their trunks and feet to lift the baby against the riverbank, allowing it to regain solid footing.

ADVERTISEMENT

Photos captured the emotional moment when the drenched calf was finally safe, surrounded by a protective circle of its herd.

Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 4
The picture shows the calf curiously exploring the shallow parts of the river before falling while the adults in the herd stand on the river banks. Source: Daily Mail
ADVERTISEMENT
Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 5
Witnessing the struggle, the other elephants in the herd quickly tried to pull the baby out of the river with her mother. Source: Daily Mail

Wolmarans added, “The mum kept him away from the water after that. Seeing the little one struggling to keep its head above the water, I felt helpless. But then it was pure joy when the herd managed to get him out safely.”

Though drowning can be dangerous for young elephants, it is not unusual for older herd members to watch over and assist each other’s offspring in the wild.

ADVERTISEMENT
Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 6
In the end, at least five other members of the herd joined the mother in her attempt and successfully pulled the calf out of the water. Source: Daily Mail
Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 7
Photographer Wesley Wolmarans, 33, captured the moment when the soaked elephant was freed when others gathered to protect him. Source: Daily Mail
Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 8
It is not uncommon for small elephants to drown when moving fast or in deep water, a traumatic event for others as elephants are known to express grief. Source: Daily Mail
ADVERTISEMENT
Elephants Gather Around The Herd To Save Baby From Falling Into A Deep River 9
The rescue mode Wolmarans sees is expected in the wild, with older members of the herd keeping an eye on each other’s offspring. Source: Daily Mail

Read more Elephant News.


ADVERTISEMENT

Canidae Pet Food Reviews: An In-Depth Look

Choosing the right pet food is crucial for the health and well-being of our furry friends. In this blog post, we'll delve deep into Canidae pet food, a popular choice among pet owners, and provide an in-depth review based on various sources.

Canidae is a well-known brand in the pet food industry, offering a range of products designed to cater to pets of all ages, breeds, and sizes.

Product Range:

  • Canidae All-Life Stages (Dry): This vet-formulated product suits dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. It's available in both dry and wet formulas.
  •  Canidae Pure: A limited-ingredient diet crafted for dogs with food sensitivities. Each recipe typically includes 7 to 10 ingredients.

Key Ingredients

The Canidae All Life Stages Multi Protein Formula, which represents the brand's product line, contains ingredients like chicken meal, turkey meal, brown rice, peas, oatmeal, and barley. Chicken meal, the primary ingredient, is a meat concentrate with nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

Recalls and Safety

Canidae has had recalls in the past. It's essential to stay updated with the brand's recall history to ensure your pet's safety.

Customer Reviews

The Canidae Dog Food product line has earned an overall rating of 4.5 stars from The Dog Food Advisor. The Canidae All Life Stages Dog Food has received the Advisor's second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros: High protein content, suitable for all life stages, contains beneficial ingredients like flaxseed and taurine.
  •  Cons: It contains some controversial ingredients, and not all minerals are chelated, which might affect absorption.

Conclusion

Canidae All Life Stages is a grain-inclusive dry dog food that uses a notable amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein. With an above-average protein content and a profile suggesting a significant amount of meat, it comes highly recommended for pet owners.