Kenyan Elephant Goes Viral With Kind Gesture to Rescuers [VIDEO]

  • An image of an elephant with her calf after being reunited in Tsavo National Park in Taita Taveta County.
    An image of an elephant with her calf after being reunited in Tsavo National Park in Taita Taveta County.
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  • A Kenyan Elephant has gone viral after it was filmed thanking rescuers who helped save her calf from a water hole.

    It was ascertained that the calf had been left behind in the water hole by the mother after she made several attempts to save her baby.

    In the video first posted by Sheldrick Trust on Tuesday, March 15, the mother elephant living in the Tsavo National Park was seen approaching the rescuers after she heard the trumpet of her calf.

    An elephant reunited with her calf after it was stuck in a water hole.
    An elephant reunited with her calf after it was stuck in a water hole in Tsavo National Park in Taita Taveta County.
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    "Our team of rescuers found the mother despondently pacing around the periphery. Unable to free her baby, she would be forced to leave her behind.

    "While despaired, we knew all hope was not lost. In a choreographed plan, we pulled the baby out of the trough, and shepherded her in the direction of her mother," read the statement.

    Upon reuniting with her calf, the mother elephant was filmed looking at the rescuers and communicating with them using a trumpet.

    "Ears flapping and tail held aloft in disbelief, the mother came charging over. When she realized it was her baby, she burst into a series of joyful trumpets.

    "After looking at the rescuers she gave them a single trumpet as a way of thanking them," the conservancy stated.

    Since being uploaded, the video made rounds on social media and was featured by various international media houses. 

    Over the years, Kenyan elephants have gained international traction over various actions and skills.

    In January, an orphaned elephant named Latika went viral over her rare skill of preserving food. At the time it was revealed that she put food at her head to eat it at a later time.

    "We can understand why Latika doesn’t take this bounty for granted. We rescued her after an abandoned calf was reported with a snare slicing into her neck," the conservancy stated.