A charming sequence of photos has revealed the heartwarming moment when a baby elephant, still mastering the art of walking, trips over to match the stride of its herd.
This endearing creature, believed to be under a month old, was snapped in pictures as it made efforts to pace itself alongside the mature members of the herd.
These vivid shots were brought to life by the keen eye of Leighton Lum, a 33-year-old wildlife photographer based in Aiea, Hawaii.
The breathtaking backdrop for these images was none other than Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
Leighton shared, “This elephant calf was noticeably smaller than its siblings. My guide informed me that it was probably less than a month old.” He continued, “Observing the calf emulate the adult elephants, like blowing dirt to reveal the grass underneath, was an intriguing experience.”
Due to their limited strength and endurance, baby elephants often struggle to match the pace of adult elephants. After the entire day roving around the park for food, this little one was visibly tired.
“It’s impossible not to form a bond with creatures like these. He was just irresistibly cute, and it was a privilege to capture his journey,” Lum added with fondness.
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