Is there any more beloved baby animal in the world than a baby elephant? They are absolutely adorable, super smart, and endlessly goofy! As far as complete hear-melting packages go, baby elephants take the cake. One of the best aspects of elephants is just how close-knit of a family they are. You can see it when they help each other!
In the elephant world, the ladies dominate!
The matriarchy is queen in the world of elephants! Independent says:
Elephant families have a matriarchal head, meaning that an older, experienced lady elephant leads the herd. A family usually consist of a mother, her sisters, daughters their babies (calves). Occasionally, non-related elephants join to form families. Female family units range from three to twenty five elephants.
That means if something wants to get to an elephant calf, they would have to go through a lot of angry ladies who would give their lives to protect a little one. In other words, you don’t mess with a baby elephant!
You can see a great example of that in a viral video from a few years ago.
A baby elephant decided he wanted to have a romp in the creek and didn’t think about the consequences (sound like any kids you know)! After he got into the water, he soon realized that he couldn’t get out. As kids do, he started to panic.
The baby first tried to shimmy his way up the bank.
With all that weight it was pretty hard for the chunky baby to get up to the edge! He almost had it and right at the last second slid back down into the water. Now, he was frustrated!
After a few more attempts you can see just how annoyed and scared he is getting.
It is a scary thing to feel trapped! You get that feeling of panic and worry and things feel like they are closing in. If this little fellow was going to get out he was going to need some help.
Thankfully, Auntie was there!
Like was mentioned, the family is made up of a momma and her sisters! When one of the baby’s aunts saw that he was stuck, she decided to get in the water and help. Without hesitating, she hopped into the water and got to work.
With an easy step, she walked into the stream and nudged the baby out.
You’ve never seen a rescue as easy as this one! From the looks of things, this probably wasn’t the first time that the baby had gotten stuck and needed a bit of assistance to get out again – he probably has his auntie around enough where he hasn’t learned his lesson the hard way yet!
Elephants bond really strongly and often help each other out.
Elephants are known to develop strong, intimate bonds between friends and family members. There have been reports of elephants forming lifelong friendships with each other, and they even mourn the death of their loved ones. Mother elephants have been seen grieving over stillborn calves, and some elephants have even been spotted returning to, and lingering near, spots where their friends and family members died.
Check out the video below!
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