Stranded Baby Elephant Gets A Helping Hand From The Herd's Matriarch

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An adult elephant came to the rescue of a baby elephant stuck on a steep riverbank in Botswana (Credit: Kim Wolhuter /Latest Sightings.com)

Wildlife filmmaker Kim Wolhuter was just hoping for some authentic footage of an elephant herd climbing a steep path out of the Majale riverbed in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Instead, she was able to capture a heartwarming video of a stranded baby elephant being helped up a cliff by the herd's matriarch.

Wolhuter says that while the Majale River only flows for a few months of the year, there is plenty of water to be found under the ground. Aware of this, the area's pachyderms frequently visit the dry riverbed to dig up the water and quench their thirst. They also maintain the steep paths along the riverbanks.

The distressed calf scampers off to safety after getting to the top of the riverbank (Credit: Kim Wolhuter /Latest Sightings.com)

In late August, Wolhuter was searching the area in the hopes of seeing the elephants in action. She had just driven a few kilometers along the riverbank when she noticed an elephant making its way up. Things went smoothly at first. Two team members effortlessly scaled the hill and disappeared. The rest of the family, led by a female elephant, followed closely behind. They were doing well until the baby elephant got stuck on the slope's steepest part. Unaware of its distress, the mother continued to forge ahead. Fortunately, the herd's leader had stayed behind to ensure everyone made it up safely. She was able to gently nudge the helpless baby elephant up the tricky terrain.

Wolhuter told The Latest Sightings, “We all know that elephants are caring and help each other and the matriarch of the herd came to the rescue, making sure no one was left behind!”

Resources: Latestsightings.com

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126 Comments
  • ponygirl11
    ponygirl1113 days
    I hope that people don't continue to try and kill the endangered species.🐋🐼🐘
    • lakshmip
      lakshmip27 days
      ^-^ SO ADORABLE!!!!!
      • bluenningajack
        that is super 😍😭
        • mariakitty
          mariakittyabout 1 month
          So cute!!!🥰
          • beebs04
            beebs04about 1 month
            This is so incredibly sweet and heart warming. 😍
            • pinkpanda222
              pinkpanda222about 2 months
              awwww
              • sohejeniluwa
                sohejeniluwaabout 2 months
                So Cute!!!!!
                • rx_cle
                  rx_cleabout 2 months
                  I <3 elephants!
                  • tulakivuloni
                    tulakivuloniabout 2 months
                    Also it's so sad that the mother didn't realize and accidentally left the baby behind thinking it was okay.
                    • tulakivuloni
                      tulakivuloniabout 2 months
                      I didn't even know that. It's so heart warming to think about.