Elephants, the largest land mammal on the planet do not have any natural predators owing to their sheer size. However, the same cannot be said about young elephants. The situation gets more grim when a young elephant is left on its own, and is attacked by lions. In this video that is fast going viral, a young elephant is attacked by not one, two or five elephants but, believe it or not… 14 lions! The hapless young elephant looks doomed at the very start of the video. What however happens by the end of the video is remarkable to say the least!
According to the New York Post, the elephant is a one-year-old young male that got separated from his mother. Seizing the opportunity, an entire pack of lions decide to attack the young elephant, hoping for a sumptuous meal for every member of the pride. While the young elephant was large, it was certainly not large enough to fend off an attack by more than a dozen lions – the same animals that do not hesitate to attack large buffaloes. In the initial few seconds of the video, you’d notice how the vicious attack by the lions leaves the young elephant dazed and confused. One lioness is seen sitting on top of the elephants back trying to mow him down.
The elephant, in no mood to give up is then seen moving towards the water. Lions, who have a natural aversion towards water isn’t really keen on getting themselves wet – but a few of them tread into the waters anyway. Noticing that the lions are not too keen about getting into the water, the young elephant is emboldened. He then puts up an aggressive stance and starts chasing the lions instead! However, this causes him to get out of the water. The lions again try to mow him down and the Elephant gets back into the water. He then scares away the lions once again.
The video was captured at the Norman Carr Safaris Chinzombo Camp in Zambia by journalist Jesse Nash. Other people who were part of the safari included Long Island University Art Professor Dan Christoffel, Naturalist Steve Baker and Australian TV personality Nina Karnikowski. Even experienced safari guides were left amazed by the act of the gutsy young elephannt.
“In the 30-plus years I have been a safari guide in Zambia at the Luangwe Park, never have I seen anything like this. We were all so worried the baby elephant would be killed right before us.”
The young elephant was later reunited with his mother. He has also been named Hercules – and aptly so!
This video of an young elephant fending off a bunch of lions comes days after the Inquisitr had reported about something eerily similar!
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