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If any more proof were needed that elephants are naturally smart, loving and lead rich emotional lives, the above video is it.

The two-and-a-half minute YouTube clip, which was filmed in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, shows a family of elephants – a mother, a baby, and an older sister – attempting to climb a steep slope. The baby struggles to do so, even with the help of her mom and sister.

The calf’s mother can be seen gently pushing her baby up the hill and sweeping nearby branches to one side, so that her route will be made a little easier. The sister elephant also tries her best to encourage her.

But when the calf continues to struggle, her mother decides that the best solution would be to lead her toward an easier path a short distance away. The baby’s obvious excitement as she runs after her is a wonderful thing to witness!

Susan Nel, who filmed the video, observed that the baby calf had been born very recently, as it “still (had) the umbilical cord attached.” With such a supportive family around her, she is sure to lead the kind of richly satisfying life that all elephants deserve – but one that captive elephants sadly do not get to experience.

Image source: Erin Kilby/Flickr

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8 comments on “Newborn Baby Elephant Needs Mom’s Help to Climb Up Hill (VIDEO)”

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Montserrat Martinez Morales
5 Months Ago

que lindo

Nina Alice
5 Months Ago

Human presence caused these elephants to try to go up a hill, but when the baby couldn't, you can see what the elephants did. Get the humans out of the way...duh!

Amanda Mary R
5 Months Ago


Alejandra Vicuña
5 Months Ago

I agree with 'Mel', the elephants were avoiding the people, poor baby... the tourists should be more respectful and stay far away.

Mel Smith
5 Months Ago

Get the hell out of there you stupid people! Why do you think she wanted the baby to go up the hill???!!!

Adrian Rojo
5 Months Ago


Bill Korotkov
5 Months Ago

This is sweet......

Alisa Gowing
5 Months Ago

Tamir ElSahy


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