video of elephant mother saving calf from waterholeThese poignant scenes of a female elephant rescuing her baby after it became trapped in a waterhole were recorded by Mariana de Klerk in South Africa’s Kruger National Park.

The mother, after entering the waterhole to push the calf to safety, then finds herself in difficulties and only after a number of attempts, and a final huge effort, manages to climb back on to land.

At this point other members of the herd move closer in support and shepherd both mother and baby away from the waterhole. If you listen closely at the end of the video, you can hear the elephants’ rumbling sounds as they communicate (not to be confused with the earlier sound of a passing vehicle!).

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