Shocking photos show a baby elephant narrowly escape with his life thanks to his quick-thinking mother after a crocodile tries to bite off his trunk.
According to Daily Mail, the little elephant was playing in the water in the African jungle when a crocodile suddenly lurched up and grabbed hold of his trunk. The rest of the herd began trumpeting and snorting as they did everything they could to save the struggling child.
Finally, the elephant and his mother were able to beat off the crocodile, allowing the baby to escape.
The images were captured in Zimbabwe by amateur photogtapher Francois Borman.
“I was out in the bush for a few hours waiting for some action – but this is the last thing I expected to see!” Borman recalled. “I often have great expectations when I go out with my camera, and this sighting was just truly amazing to witness.”
“I saw a small herd of elephants coming down to drink – a local crocodile spotted them and spent some time sizing them up, homing in on the small calf playing in the shallows,” he added. “The baby elephant had obviously been looking forward to the drink, because he ran straight in and flopped down into the shallow, muddy water, rolling and splashing about.”
“It didn’t have a worry in the world, and it definitely wasn’t thinking about what dangers could possibly be lurking in the murky waters.
The calf was still very young and didn’t know how to use its trunk to drink yet – it was down on its knees drinking with its mouth, and at one stage it stood up and extended its trunk into the water to try it out.
Suddenly the crocodile launched itself upon the little elephant calf’s trunk, gripping on tightly – it was mayhem. The little calf let out a blood-curdling scream, and started a tug of war for his life with the crocodile.
Time stood still as calf struggled, and with a burst of pure determination almost pulled the crocodile right out of the water. The other elephants charged towards it and the crocodile eventually let the calf go. I was so excited when I saw my images – I just knew they were special.
Wildlife photographers spend a lot of time waiting around, waiting and hoping for that special sighting – pictures like this are the reward.”
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