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Unlike humans, who must learn how to swim, elephants have a natural instinct. They love to be in the water, and even have a built-in snorkel. But when this baby elephant took a dip in the lake, it was unable to climb back out. Maybe the mud was too slippery or the current was too strong, but in any case, this little guy couldn’t reach dry land alone. Good thing female elephants travel in herds with their babies and were there to help out.

Watch these female elephants reach out with their trunks to pull the baby out of the water. When the two closest cows need help, one of them trumpets to summon a third and a fourth! After much effort, they successfully bring the tiny calf to dry land.

This clip really shows the strong familial bonds that elephants share, and the sophisticated ways they communicate with friends and family.

Image source: Wikipedia Commons

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62 comments on “Female Elephants Rescue a Drowning Baby (VIDEO)”

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Vicki Sanders
2 Years Ago

wonderful , I just love elephants

Patricia Ivette Reyes-Goss
3 Years Ago

Awesome !!

Courtney Professor-Patrick
3 Years Ago

I love how they realized they needed to move him to a more shallow bank. Very intelligent cooperative animals.

Yvonne Robertson
3 Years Ago

Amazing! Elephants are so awesome.

Roberta Rotherham
3 Years Ago


Jessica Hielckert
3 Years Ago

Beautiful how animals have that natural compassion patience and love for each other..

Levanie Wintermute
3 Years Ago


Kellie Melissa
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Kay Suddeth
3 Years Ago

Beautidul to watch

Lu Slay
3 Years Ago

Quite an effort! Patience.


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