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Struggling elephant calf rescued from rushing river

Elephant Calf Rescued From Rain-Swollen River

An elephant calf had a lucky escape while crossing a rain-swollen river at the Ol Pajeta Conservancy in Kenya in late 2013.

While attempting to cross the Ewaso Nyiro river with his herd, the six-month-old started to struggle and was caught in the current, only to be saved by his fleet-footed mother.

YouTube uploader Sandy Gelderman told Storyful, "It had been raining, so the river was flowing fast. Our hearts were in our throats while we watched, since the current was so strong, and we could see there was no other place for the baby to cross. We were relieved when the baby was rescued.""

On Youtube, Gelderman writes, "They say elephants can remember, well this little calf will remember this advanced swimming lesson for the rest of its life, as will Sandy."

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Gayle May 19 2014 at 9:30 PM

Elephants are so smart and compassionate and helpful to herd members. Just got to love them. Better than some humans.

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dancedayz May 19 2014 at 9:19 PM

Now that's waht I call a family watching out for the little ones!
Wouldn't it be great if humans would be that invloved with their young ones!

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Hello Carrie&Ed May 19 2014 at 11:37 PM

If only we humans were as decent as ANY of God's other creatures

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Guillermo Hello Carrie&Ed May 20 2014 at 4:18 PM

Talking about hyenas?

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jimsoutdoor May 19 2014 at 11:53 PM

I love this! The entire herd turned to be sure the situation was under control. People caught murdering these intelligent animals should be tied to a chair and forced to watch this video over and over until their sentence is up.

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RavenLadyONE jimsoutdoor May 20 2014 at 12:49 AM

Agreed! Thousands of human parents could learn a LOT from this family.

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elkhartbiker May 19 2014 at 7:23 PM

Elephants are absolutely the neatest animals in the world.

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joanieswindels elkhartbiker May 19 2014 at 9:03 PM

yes, they are, and they need to be protected...

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comrealmarstoll May 19 2014 at 11:03 PM

What a nice ending. I'm so happy the mother was able to save her baby elephant. They
are really magnificent animals.........

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emam545 May 19 2014 at 6:25 PM

How sweet there is still caring in the world, now if humans can do the same.........

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vjcinpalmbeach emam545 May 19 2014 at 6:49 PM

We few people reading this already know: PARTIES can't save the US OR the world...only people can.

Not holdlng our breath....

Mother Nature is all about beauty; we understand.....

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vjcinpalmbeach emam545 May 19 2014 at 6:53 PM

A great place to start to EDUCATE them is a free site:


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Joan May 19 2014 at 11:32 PM

So impressed watching the large adult slide back down the embankment to help the mother rescue her baby, realizing the mother was having difficulty getting her baby onto land. Truly magnificent animals, for sure.

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hoper0715 Joan May 20 2014 at 1:09 AM

Trying to help each other out. I'm sure that was a Democratic elephant. If it was a Republican elephant it would have tried to cut the aid.

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Guillermo hoper0715 May 20 2014 at 4:27 PM

If it was a elephant democrat...well, in that case...no elephant...no problem, would have been aborted...

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cindylouwho718 hoper0715 May 20 2014 at 7:04 PM

The usual idiotic comment from a Democrat. I'll bet your I.Q. isn't as high as plant life!!!!! Guillermo has it right.

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sylvabugg2 May 19 2014 at 11:58 AM

Female elephants are very social creatures. There are always related females in every herd. They all care for the babies and will even nurse another females baby. Often, the entire herd will stop to wait for one that is having trouble keeping up, or go back to help one that is stuck in the mud, even if it's an adult elephant. They grieve for their dead. They will revisit the resting place of those that have died, time and time again. They will spend hours picking up the bones and lovingly caressing them. Wonderful creatures.

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vjcinpalmbeach sylvabugg2 May 19 2014 at 12:12 PM

The EMPATHY for one another of elephants should be studied by HUMANS.

Circus elephants will literally cry watching another elephant being beaten - behind the scenes.

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larry May 19 2014 at 9:45 PM

nature is incredible---------

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