All the king’s horses and all the king’s men may not have been able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Perhaps they should have handed the job over to these incredible elephants who worked as a team to rescue a calf from their herd stuck in a waterhole.
Footage captured at South Africa’s Kruger National Park shows a tiny baby elephant stuck in a shallow ditch of muddy water. The video shows the calf, just a couple months old, struggling to find its way back out to its mamma – but the poor thing is so little, it just can’t pull itself out of the hole.
Meanwhile, the herd has not abandoned baby. Mamma elephant puts in her best efforts to pull her baby out, using her trunk and forefeet to try and raise the calf bodily onto safe ground. She fails after each attempt.
Eventually, a senior, more experienced elephant from the herd comes to the rescue. Both elephants combine forces and voila, baby is finally back where it belongs and receives a warm welcome from other the calves.
The video proves the old adage – united we stand, divided we fall.