An extraordinary new video has captured the hair-raising moment when an eight-year-old elephant calf beat off a ferocious attack by 14 hungry lionesses.
The struggle, which lasted nearly three minutes, was caught on camera by tourists at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It shows the plucky adolescent pachyderm being surrounded by predators near a watering hole. As the cats fiercely go after the elephant — who had somehow separated himself from the herd — they are seen taking turns leaping on the calf’s back and sinking their teeth into its body.
Innocent, a safari guide who works with Norman Carr Safaris and who drove the visitors to the site, told The New York Post:
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…
We’ve named the little fella Hercules. What a fighter.
Yes, that’s the only name fitting enough for the brave youngster.
1. The elephant tries to keep moving as the lionesses sink in their teeth and claws during the sunset battle in Zambia.
2. A lioness clings to the back of the elephant and tries to scale his backside as others circle around it.
3. The lionesses take it in turns to jump on to the elephants back, while its makes a beeline for the safety of the water.
4. The lionesses overcome the baby elephant, bringing it to its knees in the fight at in South Luangwa National Park.
5. With the watering hole in sight the elephant gains speed as the lionesses make a final attempt to ground it.
6. A stubborn lionesses refuses to let go as the elephant reaches the waters edge, and the cats are faced with a tough decision.
7. A lioness clings on for dear life on the elephants back, as other members of the pride scurry back from the waters edge.
8. Having seen off its attackers, the elephants turns and gives chase to the scaredy cats.
9. The elephant, safe at last, takes a few steps into the watering hole, while the angry lionesses watch on.
10. Refreshed and reinvigorated the elephant emerges from the water and chases one of the lionesses off.
Source: The New York Post.
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