A baby elephant was saved from a life-threatening in.jur.y by his mother, who intervened after seeing her youngster being beaten with a male’s huge trunk twice.
Photographer Duncan Noakes captured the violent outbreak at Addo Elephant National Park on the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
The incredible video footage shows an aggressive African Savannah Elephant attacking a one-week-old infant while breaking up an innocent waterhole gathering.
The enormous Elephant spun about to strike the tiny infant on its backside, causing it to scream in agony before attempting to flee.
Unfortunately, the infant was in the line of sight of the enraged Elephant for a second time, who smacked him with its massive trunk.
The mother grabbed their child away from the lone bull, who was not a member of their herd, and the screaming infant was comforted by her.
“It was a scorching, dusty, and dry day, with a temperature near 40 degrees.
While its mother drank water, the baby was for a short time separated from her.
“The newborn appeared to be exhausted owing to the intense heat, and they appeared lost and bewildered.
“The baby turned to the huge male Elephant for comfort and protection, but rather than protecting the kid; the furious male Elephant smacked it with its trunk.
The elephant was not in a good mood, I believe, because of the heat and his thirst. “It was unanticipated, and I immediately hoped that the youngster was safe.
“The trunk of an Elephant can weigh as much as 140 kg and is packed with muscle.
“But it might also be utilized with great sensitivity, as can be seen when the mother Elephant drew her calf closer to herself.”