Weak and Thirsty Mother Elephant Forced to Give Up on Newborn Twin to Save the Other During Lion Attack

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.09 - 2023 9:48 AM CET

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Weak and Thirsty Mother Elephant Forced to Give Up on Newborn Twin to Save the Other During Lion Attack.

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In a heart-wrenching scene captured during an early morning safari in Chobe National Park, a weak and thirsty mother elephant faced an unimaginable choice between her newborn twins when confronted by a pride of lions. (Video at the bottom of this article)

The dramatic footage was captured by 63-year-old Desmond Clack, a seasoned tour guide, and shared with LatestSightings.com.

A Rare and Dangerous Encounter

The safari group, led by Desmond, set off at dawn in search of elephants and headed to a remote watering hole. Upon arrival, they witnessed a pride of lions feasting on a young buffalo. However, the situation escalated when a female elephant, accompanied by her rare twin calves, approached the watering hole to quench their thirst.

Desperate for Water

The mother elephant, desperate for water during the dry season, led her calves to the only available water source, unaware of the lurking danger. The presence of the lions, having just fed, posed an immediate threat to the vulnerable family.

Realizing the danger, the mother elephant tried to fend off the lions. The predators initially retreated but soon regrouped and encircled her and the calves. In a bold attempt to protect her offspring, the mother charged at the lions, leaving her calves momentarily unguarded.

A Tragic Choice

During this critical moment, one of the calves tripped, and a male lion seized the opportunity to attack. The mother elephant, torn between saving her second calf and rescuing the first, rushed at the lions attacking the first calf, leaving the second exposed. Fortunately, she returned in time to save the second calf, but the first was not so lucky.

The sighting ended with the mother elephant and her surviving calf escaping, leaving behind the lions and her first calf. Desmond stopped filming at this point, finding the scene too sad to continue watching.

Desmond reflected on the harsh reality of life in the wild, where every day is a fight for survival. Witnessing the strength and resilience of these majestic creatures was both awe-inspiring and heart-wrenching. In such moments, he noted, it's essential to understand the situation and remain quiet, as any noise can escalate the tension.

This incident serves as a poignant reminder of the circle of life in the wild and the incredible challenges animals face in their struggle for survival.

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