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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127 Comments
  • catybug
    catybugabout 2 months
    awwwwwwww🥰so cute
    • ponygirl11
      ponygirl112 months
      I hope that people don't continue to try and kill the endangered species.🐋🐼🐘
      • lakshmip
        lakshmip2 months
        ^-^ SO ADORABLE!!!!!
        • bluenningajack
          that is super 😍😭
          • mariakitty
            mariakitty3 months
            So cute!!!🥰
            • beebs04
              beebs043 months
              This is so incredibly sweet and heart warming. 😍
              • pinkpanda222
                pinkpanda2223 months
                awwww
                • sohejeniluwa
                  sohejeniluwa3 months
                  So Cute!!!!!
                  • rx_cle
                    rx_cle3 months
                    I <3 elephants!
                    • tulakivuloni
                      tulakivuloni4 months
                      Also it's so sad that the mother didn't realize and accidentally left the baby behind thinking it was okay.