I’ve got you! Adorable moment struggling baby elephant gets a helping nudge up steep riverbank from the herd’s matriarch
A baby elephant was helped up a steep riverbank by the herd’s matriarch as the animal was unable to cope with the incline.
The footage was captured by film maker Kim Wolhuter, 62, who was visiting the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana.
He spotted the distressed baby elephant on the banks of the Majale River and began filming the scene.
The elephant’s mother had continued on her march and was unaware her offspring was in distress.
Wildlife film maker Kim Wolhuter filmed a herd of elephants crossing the Majale river in the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana when the youngest pachyderm got into difficulty
The baby elephant was unable to traverse the steep riverbank along with the older members of the herd
The elephant’s mother, right, assumed the baby, centre was following close behind
Mr Wolhuter told Latestsightings.com: ‘The Majale river only flows for a few months of the year, but even once the surface water has disappeared there is still water under the sand, which elephants will often dig to get to the water.
‘I had been driving along the riverbank for the last several kilometres seeing who was taking advantage of these dug holes. The northern bank is continuously being cut away with each flood, but, in certain places, elephants have managed to maintain steep paths out from the riverbed.
‘I was passing one such path when I saw an elephant about to make her way up the bank. I stopped to watch as I always marvel at the agility of these huge beasts. Two elephants climbed the bank and moved on.
‘Then the rest of the family followed, led by a cow. She was going up but then her calf got stuck on the steep ledge. The calf was battling away, and at first, the mother wasn’t aware of what was going on. The matriarch, coming from behind, gently pushed and nudged the little one up the steep ledge and on its way again.’
‘Its mom only later realised what happened and was coming to the rescue, but her little one had already been helped.’
‘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!’
However, the herd’s matriarch soon spots the problem and pushes the youngster along
As a result, the young elephant is reunited with its mother at the top of the river bank