Watch What This Elephant Does When Wild Dogs are Near Her Calf

Apr 14 2016

Watch this elephant mum charge at a pack of hungry wild dogs who were eyeing up her baby as a snack. This footage reveals how the protective parent chased the dogs off while trumpeting wildly with her ears flapping in an act of aggression, which her pint-sized calf mimicked.



Accountant Marc de Chalain captured the astonishing scenes while on tour with guests in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. He then also tinged it on our app, you can download it here:


Marc, 55, said: “While we’ve have spent much time in the bush and have seen a number of animal interactions, this was the first time we’d seen this level of interaction.

“We were out in the lovely late light of a tranquil African wilderness and, as the dogs passed the elephant, she came out at them trumpeting wildly with her ears raised and tail out straight behind her.


“Her cries varied from a low rumble to a high shrill trumpet, which her calf copied completely.”


When the mum seemed satisfied that she’d scared the wild dogs off, the pair lumbered off leaving the pack to slink off with empty stomachs and their tails between their leg.




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