FEMALE ELEPHANT TRIES TO KILL HER NEW BORN CALF – A mother’s natural instincts are to protect her young; even if that means putting her own life in peril.
Zookeepers at a Chinese zoo watched in amazement as a new baby elephant was born but as soon as the new calf was delivered the mother elephant began stomping on her new born baby.
Zookeepers were at a complete loss as to why the mother elephant would do such a thing and quickly removed the baby elephant from the enclosure.
Veterinary staff took over in order to help the baby elephant recover from its ordeal and within a couple of hours it was back on its feet.
Zookeepers felt that his must be a fluke and so reintroduced the calf back into the enclosure but no sooner had they done so the mother again attacked her baby.
The decision was then made to corral the mother elephant away from her calf and remove it permanently.
It was then that zookeepers reported that the poor baby elephant cried for over 5 hours as it desperately wanted its mother.
The zoo, Shendiaosham Wild Animal Nature Reserve, in Rongcheng, Shandong province, has now reported that the little fellow is doing fine and is being cared for by a number of staff and that they are creating a good bond.
Zookeepers remain mystified as to why the mother rejected her calf in the first instance.