The clumsy baby elephant needs help from his sister after he gets stuck in the mud near the watering hole
- The baby elephant is struggling to get out of a puddle of water at a water hole
- He sinks, slips and writhes in the mud and tries to attract another elephant's attention
- His sister helps him using her trunk as something stable for him to lean on
An awkward baby elephant had a little help from his big sister and her trunk after getting stuck in a puddle of mud.
The calf tries to get up with its front legs after wrestling itself in the mud at a watering hole in Kruger Park in South Africa on Monday.
He seems to get help from an adult but takes a dip in the deep puddle.
An awkward baby elephant struggled to get out of the mud at a watering hole in the Kruger National Park in South Africa
The calf sinks, slips and writhes in the mud and apparently tries to get the attention of another elephant.
His older sister sees him struggling to get up, and although she hesitates for a moment, she slowly walks back to help him.
The older elephant uses her trunk to give her brother something stable to lean on when he comes out of the slippery puddle.
He seems to get help from an adult but takes a dip in the deep puddle
The calf sinks, slips and writhes in the mud and apparently tries to get the attention of another elephant. Fortunately for him, his older sister sees him struggling and walks back to help him
He manages to come to stable land and soon catches up with his mother, who is already in the herd.
Edrich Schafer, who captured the moment, said: & # 39; We found a herd of elephants beside a water hole and decided to spend some time watching these amazing creatures as they went. & # 39;
& # 39; A certain baby elephant has stolen the show. We saw the male baby elephant lying in the mud and looked as if he wanted to get up after his mud pool.
She uses her trunk to give her brother something stable to lean on when he comes out of the slippery puddle
He manages to come to stable land and catch up with his mother who is already ahead of the herd
& # 39; While I felt sorry for the little elephant, I couldn't help but think it was funny at the same time. & # 39;
& # 39; The young woman was one of the many baby elephant sisters in the breeding family and began to slowly regress until she was in position.
& # 39; When the baby elephant stepped out of the mud pool, it was very cute to watch him run straight to his mother, looking very relieved, & # 39; he said.
Edrich Schafer, who captured the moment, said: & # 39; When the baby elephant stepped out of the mud pool, it was cute to see him run straight to his mother, looking very relieved. & # 39;
How can hairless mammals cope with sunburn? If you are an elephant or a rhino, it is mud, clay and water baths
When it comes to sunburn – about exposure to ultraviolet solar radiation – some animals will naturally cope better than others.
Although fur, especially dark fur, offers the ultimate protection, other creatures need a different coping strategy.
It is a particular problem for hairless mammals such as hippos, rhinos and elephants, which are large and have a relatively small skin surface from which they can lose heat.
Hairless mammals such as elephants and rhinos use mud, clay and water baths to keep the sun at bay
The solution for hippos is to separate a red substance (called & # 39; hippo-sweat & # 39;), an oily liquid that contains microscopic particles that are capable of diffusing ultraviolet light – a highly effective natural sunscreen.
The fluid is also insect repellent and antiseptic, protects infections and helps the skin heal itself if it is damaged.
Elephants and rhinos, on the other hand, use mud, clay and water baths to keep the sun at bay.
The same principle applies to feral pigs that have developed to defend themselves by growing thick fur.
Michael Hanlon for the Daily Mail
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