Thirsty Young Elephant Encounters a Crocodile Surprise at Watering Hole!

An unsuspecting young elephant, looking for a refreshing drink at a water hole, ended up in an unforeseen scuffle with a ravenous crocodile.

The unexpected encounter, which unfolded just moments after the elephant plunged his trunk into the water, gave him a few battle scars and a story to tell.

The young elephant doesn't appear to see the waiting crocodile as he ambles over to the watering hole
The young elephant doesn’t appear to see the waiting crocodile as he ambles over to the peaceful watering hole in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

However, this plucky pachyderm didn’t let the surprise crocodile attack dampen his spirits. In a striking display of strength, the elephant managed to swiftly yank his trunk away from the reptile’s grip, receiving only minor injuries in the process.

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This extraordinary sequence of events was immortalized through the lens of Ian Salisbury, a 62-year-old wildlife photography enthusiast, in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

SNAP! The crocodile grabs hold of the elephant's trunk, but it soon becomes clear that he has bitten off a lot more than he can chew
SNAP! The crocodile grabs hold of the elephant’s trunk, but it soon becomes clear that he has bitten off a lot more than he can chew by grabbing the huge beast.

Salisbury, who also serves as the general manager of a local safari lodge, had been tipped off about a similar incident by a guest earlier in the day.

Armed with his camera, Salisbury was lucky enough to capture this rare occurrence on film. He says, “The incident unfolded in just a few seconds.

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I was fortunate to have my camera aimed in the right direction. After spending 30 years in the African bush, I realize how extraordinary it was to witness and capture this moment.”

The startled young elephant soon makes light work of escaping from the hungry crocodile's jaws
The startled young elephant soon makes light work of escaping from the hungry crocodile’s jaws, but by the startled look on its face, you can tell he is shocked.

Post-attack, the young elephant quickly retreated into the surrounding bush.

Salisbury’s encounter intriguingly mirrors the narrative in Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s tale, “The Elephant’s Child,” in which a young elephant’s nose is transformed into a long trunk following a similar confrontation with a crocodile.

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In a scene reminiscent of the Rudyard Kipling story How The Elephant Got His Trunk, the startled mammal gives the sneaky crocodile a fright
In a scene reminiscent of the Rudyard Kipling story How The Elephant Got His Trunk, the startled mammal gives the sneaky crocodile a fright to show him who’s boss.
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