A harrowing encounter between a mother elephant and a fierce crocodile unfolded in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, showcasing the strength and determination of the protective elephant.
The mother elephant and her calf were quenching their thirst at the Luangwa River when the crocodile suddenly emerged and latched onto the female’s trunk.
Despite being caught off guard and forced onto her hind legs, the elephant managed to turn away from the water with the predator still attached to her trunk.
Exhibiting incredible strength and resolve, the mother elephant eventually shook off the crocodile and retreated from the water with her baby.
Attack: The crocodile sprung from the water as a baby elephant, and its mum were having a drink from the river. Source: Daily Mail
The pair had a brief scare when the calf stumbled while fleeing, but both mother and child ultimately emerged unscathed. They were later spotted drinking from the river once again.
South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its impressive elephant herds, which can include up to 70 individuals.
Spanning 9,000 square kilometers, the park is home to 60 different animal species, such as baboons, buffalo, zebra, giraffes, leopards, lions, and hippopotami.
The baby elephant went to hide behind Mum as the croc attacked. Source: Daily Mail
The elephant was brought to her knees as the crocodile thrashed around. Source: Daily Mail
The elephant managed to turn away from the water even though the croc was trying to pull her in. Source: Daily Mail
With her baby safely on the far side, the mum stepped away from the water with the croc still clamped on. Source: Daily Mail
The mighty elephant dragged the crocodile all the way out of the water as she walked away. Source: Daily Mail
Despite the unwanted appendage, she and her baby broke into a run. Source: Daily Mail
FREE: Water gushes from the mum’s trunk as she finally shakes the croc, with her baby momentarily tripping over the predator before the pair made off safely. Source: Daily Mail