This nearly four-minute video posted by Elephants DC, showing an elephant herd crossing the overflowing Ewaso Ng’iror River in Kenya, will take you through a series of emotions. First, you’ll be in awe watching these magnificent creatures go about their daily lives with no human interference. It’s incredible the way they work as a team to help move the elephant calf across the river. But just when you least expect it, the baby nearly gets washed away by the raging waters!
It’s enough to leave your heart racing, but elephants are amazing caretakers. When it comes to protecting and caring for the young, the whole herd pitches in. They work quickly to bring the baby back to safety which is sure to bring a smile (and relief!) to your face. Sadly, while this scenario has a happy ending, wild elephants like these are facing imminent danger because of poaching.
From poaching, exploitation, and captivity, these magnificent animals have endured unimaginable injustices and cruelties at the hands of humans. As you can see in the footage above taken by a Kicheche Laikipia safari guest, elephants are extremely social in nature. They form strong bonds with their young and even grieve the dead, just like people do. When one elephant is taken away or killed, it affects the entire herd. Scientists believe that if nothing is done to stop the murder of African elephants, they will be extinct from the wild within the next 20 years!
Thankfully, there are many organizations working to make the world a better place for elephants, such as the Society for Elephant Welfare, Save Elephant Foundation, World Animal Protection, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the World Wildlife Fund.
To learn about how you can help elephants, click here. And be sure to share this amazing footage with your network to encourage others to take action.