We see a lot of elephants saving their babies around here on One Green Planet. I get the feeling it’s just a part of growing up as a pachyderm.

You don’t always see elephants when fresh water is around, but the inverse is often true. Elephants love to go for a dip to play, cool off, and stay hydrated in their warm environments, and females even take their calves along to show them the ropes. Elephants are natural-born swimmers, but sometimes the water is too turbulent or a lake floor is too slippery for the awkward little ones to keep their footing, and they need a hand from mom. Watch this high-quality video for yet another reminder of the intense bond between mother elephant and calf.

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Just like human babies, elephant calves and their families are inseparable. If you see one alone, separated from its herd, that means something isn’t right.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons



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