Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt

by Peter Barnes
African Elephant: While following migratory wildebeest, wildlife photographer Andy Rouse captured this delightful sequence of photos. He claims, "We spotted a herd of elephants speeding past." When it rains, they know which areas are likely to flood and which are ideal for mud wallowing.

African Elephant: While following migratory wildebeest, wildlife photographer Andy Rouse captured this delightful sequence of photos. He claims, “We spotted a herd of elephants speeding past.” When it rains, they know which areas are likely to flood and which are ideal for mud wallowing.


The majority of tourists and wildlife photographers are observing World Elephant Day to plan their wild life travels to see African forest elephants, kaavan elephants, and elephant birds that are meeting with their teams at elephant nature parks and sanctuaries. Elephantstock, a photography project dedicated to the African elephant, is a fantastic memory. As a result, this story is a true and fascinating experience, complete with real-time African elephant photography.

A little knucklehead who had to beg Mom for a helping hand: After slipping in the dirt after a rainstorm, a baby calf asks an elephant for assistance in standing up.

  • A baby male elephant struggled to get up after wallowing in mud during a violent downpour in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
  • After a futile attempt to get back on his feet on his own, he sought assistance from his mother, who was standing nearby.
  • Photographs show her sheltering the tiny animal before supporting her kid as he attempted to stand.

African Elephants are enjoying wallowing in the mud

African Elephants, both young and old, enjoy wallowing in the mud. When you’re a newborn, however, standing up in all that delicious, slippery goo after playtime requires a tremendous amount of work.

Take a look at this cute little guy. After a futile attempt to get back on his feet on his own, which resulted in him landing unceremoniously on his rear, there was only one thing left to do: dial Mum’s number.

The baby’s cry for rescue was recorded in these images taken in Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve amid severe rainfall during the rainy season.

Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Mum, this mud bath isn’t working; I can’t get up!’ After a deluge in the Maasai Mara, this poor little african elephant was left in a slick situation.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘I’m sorry, Mum, but I’m just not up to it.’ — the young male elephant tries to rise to his feet, but he’s weary and getting muddier by the minute.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Please pick me up!’ As the conditions in Kenya send him crashing back down on his bottom, the newborn baby elephant trumpets to Mum in anguish.

As he thrashed around, the African elephant, estimated to be six months to a year old, had turned over and was becoming increasingly caked in muck.

But it didn’t take long for his mother to come to his aid, coming closer to him so he could take cover beneath her big frame before assuring him that his second attempt to rise up using her legs for support in the drenched conditions was successful.

He eventually got up and they were able to go away together, but it wasn’t long before she went back down for a nice bath and some well-deserved relaxation.

They slid right into this flooded patch of land and were having a great time. ‘They spent roughly 30 minutes in the mud. They enjoy frolicking in the mud, and the dirt protects their skin from the sun and insect attacks’.

Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
The baby’s cry for rescue was recorded in these images taken amid a severe rainfall in the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya during the rainy season.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Darling, under here…’ Mum comes to the rescue, sheltering her son and nipping him up with her foot. The African elephant is estimated to be six months to a year old.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Whoopsy-daisy! ‘There we go,’  While following migratory wildebeest, wildlife photographer Andy Rouse captured the delightful sequence of photos.

However, for small children, getting back up might be a nightmare. This one took around five minutes. After seeking refuge between his mother’s legs, he made it. Her legs provided him with a sturdy back against which he could stand.

It was quite amusing to watch, as well as a very beautiful and unique experience for everyone.

African elephants are somewhat larger than Asian elephants and are the world’s largest land creatures, living up to 70 years in the wild.

African Elephants are committed to having children, with females typically giving birth to one calf every two to four years following a 22-month pregnancy, the longest of any mammal.

So it’s no surprise that mum is willing to wait if it takes a few additional minutes to pull junior out of the mud.

Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Thank goodness, that’s a lot better.’ – After a helping hand from his mother, who stood over him for a bit of extra support, the baby elephant is back on his feet.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
‘Thank you so much, Mum; you’re amazing.’ and now it’s mum’s chance to relax, as she sits in the dirt after a hard day’s work.
Baby African Elephant Asking Help To Stand Up After He Slipped In The Dirt
African elephants are somewhat larger than Asian elephants and are the world’s largest land creatures, living up to 70 years in the wild.

Source: Daily Mail | Photo: Andy Rouse


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