A herd of elephants has been filmed fiercely defending its young from a pack of wild dogs in South Africa.
When he witnessed the standoff, Mr. Brent Leo-Smith was on a safari in the Sabi Sands, the northeast of South Africa.
The tour guide follows the wild dogs from behind in a vehicle.
When the dogs approach a path, elephants emerge from the adjacent bushes.
The nine dogs are outnumbered by their huge opponents, who begin roaring and frightening them.
The dogs flee one by one as the elephants gather and stand their ground.
Even the young calf charges with the elephants, forming a protective circle around the more vulnerable creature.
Elephants are terrified of predators, and they were not delighted about the presence of wild dogs in their territory.
According to the tour guide, dogs hunt in packs, but they are unlikely to k.i.ll elephants.
Mr. Leo-Smith said: ‘Wild dogs don’t show any actual potential threat to the elephants. I’ve never heard of a wild dog attacking a baby elephant.
‘But elephants react negatively to any predator.’