Nothing is as strong as a mother’s love for her child. The bond between them transcends all challenges and difficulties—and species.
After an elephant calf recently fell into a pit in Kerala, India, its mother watched in agony. As the calf struggled to get out of the pit, the mother, along with the rest of the herd, appeared to be in great distress.
While it’s not clear how the elephant fell into the deep, narrow pit, it appeared uninjured. But without some human intervention, there was no way it was going to get free.
After recognizing the mothers cries for help, a group of locals organized a rescue team. They were able to get their hands on some earth-moving equipment and started to dig the elephant out of the ditch. The goal was to minimize the height of the ditch so that the elephant calf could climb his way out.
The noise from the machinery startled the mother elephant at first. She crossed to the other side of the river where she intently watched the rescue alongside the other members of the herd. You can hear her bellowing with worry as she watches her calf remain trapped.
Progress was slow, but the calf wasn’t discouraged and began trying to climb out to safety.
The team eventually dug a long, sloping trench they hoped the elephant calf could scale on its own. But it was still too high a jump from the bottom of the pit. They started to fill the pit with dirt so that the calf would be standing on higher ground.
After several hours of digging, the calf was able to hoist himself out of the ditch. Struggling to find his footing at first, he began to trot towards the river.
That’s when the mother came racing through the water, trumpeting with joy.
She gave her baby a once-over with her trunk as she expressed the kind of relief that transcends formal language. The rest of the herd came splashing through the water to greet the rescued calf as well.
Elephants are revered in Kerala, and so it doesn’t come as a surprise that locals would band together to rescue a young calf. Kerala has taken particular interest in making sure the population of Asian Elephants remains healthy.
The elephants and the humans in this video clearly share a kinship. As the herd of elephants go splashing through the river and disappear from sight, the crowd of rescuers cheer. They helped a young member rejoin the herd, but more importantly, reunited a mother with her child.