Elephant helps baby in mud pit stand up

I find this video mesmerizing. A young elephant isn’t coordinated enough to stand up in a slippery mud pit. Another one (is it the mom?) comes over and acts as a buttress, allowing the little one to get purchase and right itself. What a smart adult!

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  1. busterggi
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Sure, one elephant minors in physics and everyone assumes she’s all so smart.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Nothing like a good roll in the mud. Hogs also go for a good mud bath on a hot day.

  3. rickflick
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t clear to me what her goal was. She seemed to be helping initially, but then seemed to wallow for a minute after junior had moved away. Was she perhaps just taking a wallow and happened to maneuver into a position that helped? But, then, perhaps she was determined to help, but then decided that while she was down, she might as well get in a few slip-slides herself.
    “If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals…”

  4. BJ
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Elephants are amazing creatures. Among my favorite animals. I can’t help but marvel at their bodies. How do their knees hold up under all that weight? Look at how much work those knees are doing in this clip!

  5. finknottle
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm | Permalink


  6. Diane G
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    What an upper!

  7. Richard Bond
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 5:29 am | Permalink

    This is how many waterholes begin. Elephants wallow in a wet patch, carry away the mud that sticks, which leaves a deeper hole, which collects more water, which attracts more elephants…

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