In a heart-wrenching scene captured in Assam, India, a mother elephant’s unwavering love for its deceased calf unfolds as it attempts to revive the lifeless animal.
The footage shows the mother elephant nudging the motionless calf with its feet while trumpeting its trunk in sorrow.
According to NDTV, the newborn elephant had strayed from the herd and tragically passed away three days prior.
However, despite the loss, the mother elephant carried its dead calf for a distance of up to two kilometers, endeavoring to renew it by placing it in a river stream.
The emotional video, shared on Twitter by Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, has struck a chord with viewers worldwide. Mr. Nanda expressed his heartbreak, stating, “This broke my heart.
The calf has died, but the mother doesn’t give up. She carries the dead baby for two kilometers and tries to revive it by placing it in water. And the mother’s cries rend the air.”
With over 43,000 views, the video has garnered immense attention on social media, amassing 996 likes and over 200 retweets.
Users were deeply moved by the profound bond between mother and child, with one commenting, “Very sad to see the Mother’s Sorrow,” and another adding, “Oh my God, so heartbreaking and a terrible scenario for a mother and her love for her baby.”
A compassionate observer remarked, “The depth of a mother’s bond and love knows no bounds – be it a human or an animal mother.”
This heart-rending incident brings to mind a similar occurrence in Thailand earlier this year. In that instance, an 11-month-old elephant named Park Mae Mae was found guarding her deceased mother, Moke Chue, who had inadvertently consumed poisonous crops.
Despite her tender age, Park Mae Mae refused to leave her mother’s side, demonstrating a similar display of love and loyalty.
The plight of elephants is a significant concern in Thailand, where approximately 2,000 elephants reside in the wild, and a similar number live in captivity.
Stringent laws safeguard these magnificent creatures, and anyone found guilty of killing them may face imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of 1,000 baht (£25).
The heart-rending stories of these mother elephants remind us of the depth of emotions and the unbreakable bonds in the animal kingdom, resonating with our own experiences of love and loss.
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