Brave mother elephant rescues her calf from being eaten by lionesses in Zimbabwe
Brave mother elephant saves her calf from eating while she attacks two lionesses trying to kill it in Zimbabwe
- Baby elephant got into trouble while playfully chasing a warthog in Mana Pools National Park, in Zimbabwe
- Two lionesses chased the warthog, but quickly switched targets and jumped on the young elephant
- While they tried to kill the child, his family arrived, including a very angry mother elephant
- She rushed towards the two lionesses and after a short stalemate they left their quarry and ran into the bush
This is the incredible moment that a brave mother elephant attacks two lionesses to prevent her baby from being eaten in Zimbabwe.
Photographer Kevin Dooley, who captured the scenes at Mana Pools National Park last month, said the lionesses were hunting a warthog when a baby elephant appeared straying from its herd.
Dooley said the elephant calf began to chase the warthog, unaware of the predators lurking nearby, before it was lashed to the ground by the lions trying to kill it.
This is the moment when a brave mother elephant rescued her calf from being eaten after attacking two lionesses who had pinned it to the ground in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Photographer Kevin Dooley said the lions were chasing a warthog when they noticed that the baby elephant was playfully chasing it, and immediately switched targets because the elephant would feed more
Dooley explained that although the warthog would be eaten within a few hours, a baby elephant could have fed the lions for days.
He said: & # 39; One of the lionesses was very pregnant and needed food urgently.
& # 39; Elephants are a very difficult animal for lions to kill and normally the lions will have to grow up in a pride that specializes in killing elephants, otherwise they will avoid them and go for smaller and less dangerous preys.
& # 39; The lions easily knocked the elephant down, both jumped on the back of the elephant and forced it to the ground, after which they exerted all their weight and began to immobilize the elephant.
& # 39; The baby elephant started screaming loudly and within a minute or two a teenage elephant showed up and tried to save his younger brother or sister.
& # 39; But the lions did not want to release their meal, and the teenager finally gave up and ran anxiously away. Soon the mother elephant showed up and in all her anger and strength she rushed to the lions who tried aggressively to kill the young elephant calf.
& # 39; One of the lionesses withdrew quickly and the mother elephant screamed with rage and threw dust in the air.
Mr. Dooley said that the two lionesses – one of whom was heavily pregnant – quickly pinned the baby elephant and tried to kill him when his family turned up and attacked them
The baby brother's young brother (right) arrived first and tried to scare off the lions, but was not big enough to tackle them both before mother (left) turned up and drove them both away
& # 39; The second lioness held tight and growled and growled at the mother elephant. However, the elephant did not withdraw and eventually the lion gave up. The lion knew she was no match for an angry adult elephant.
& # 39; When the lions withdrew, the mother elephant raised the baby with his trunk. She smelled the baby and checked her. The lions ran into the bushes in the neighborhood. The whole herd of now six or seven elephants rushed into the bushes and the lions ran away.
& # 39; I knew I had a unique event in front of me, I was very busy trying to get the photos.
& # 39; First, before the mother arrived, I was somewhat sad, but understood that the lions should eat. When I saw the mother elephant attack the lions, I knew they had no chance. & # 39;
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