African elephants help a panicking calf to climb a riverbank in a game reserve

Herd you need help! Heartwarming moment elephants help a panic calf climb on a riverbank in South Africa

  • Baby desperately tried to follow an adult over a mountain ridge in MalaMala Game reserve
  • But it staggered as it scraped away to the ledge that loomed above the Sand River
  • It opted for a new route by doubling back and climbing an even steeper slope
  • Despite ruthless claws on grainy earth, the young made little progress
  • Fortunately, three of the older beasts saw the calf in danger and rushed to help
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This is the heart-warming moment when a large herd of elephants stops to help a panicking calf reach a steep river bank.

The young thick-skinned desperately tries to follow a huge adult over a mountain ridge in the MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa.

But the baby crashes and stumbles as it scrapes to the ledge above the Sand River.

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The baby bumps and stumbles as it scrapes to the ledge above the Sand River in the MalaMala Game Reserve, South Africa

He decides to try another route by doubling back and dragging an even steeper slope closer to the herd.

Despite relentless claws on the grainy earth around this new obstacle, the young elephant made little progress.

Fortunately, three of the older animals saw the calf in danger and hurried to lend a hand.

He decides to try another route by doubling back and shuffling an even steeper slope closer to the herd, where three adults lend a hand

He decides to try another route by doubling back and shuffling an even steeper slope closer to the herd, where three adults lend a hand

He decides to try another route by doubling back and shuffling an even steeper slope closer to the herd, where three adults lend a hand

But the young man seemed to be repelling their help and tried to make it himself by sprinting a smaller comb.

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After having stretched his front legs over the hill, the herd runs again to help and use their suitcases to raise the baby.

While the calf with the front two limbs continues to plant on the ground, one adult drags it up and another pushes it from behind.

While the calf continues to plant on the ground with its front two limbs, one adult drags it up and another pushes it from behind (photo)

While the calf continues to plant on the ground with its front two limbs, one adult drags it up and another pushes it from behind (photo)

While the calf continues to plant on the ground with its front two limbs, one adult drags it up and another pushes it from behind (photo)

The herd then continues in the bush and away from the Sand River oasis, with the baby close to his mother.

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Timothy Van Vuuren, 28, who was a forester and often returns to the bush, said: & # 39; The scene was fairly quiet and there was a large herd of elephants who came to the Sand River for a late afternoon drink and play before they went up in the direction of the bush over a dyke.

& # 39; I remember looking at that high step on the dike and seeing how small the little calf was in the herd and knowing it would be hard for him to get there. Then I decided to start filming. & # 39;

The herd then continues its way into the bush and away from the Sand River oasis, with the baby close to its mother

The herd then continues its way into the bush and away from the Sand River oasis, with the baby close to its mother

The herd then continues its way into the bush and away from the Sand River oasis, with the baby close to its mother

He continued: & # 39; I felt so sorry for the little one when it started to panic, but elephants are elephants, very family oriented, the calf didn't struggle too long before his family came to the rescue. & # 39;

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He added: & # 39; We were in the clouds when they helped the little one up and down the dyke. & # 39;

The Mala Mala Game Reserve is the largest and oldest private big five game reserve in South Africa.

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