Cape Town – Social media users can’t get enough of a video that captured a “rare” moment when an elephant gave birth at the Kruger National Park.
The more than two-minute-long video posted by Roar Wildlife News on its Facebook page was initially shared by Adam Fillmore.
“Amazing sighting of an elephant giving birth this morning, 5km before Lower Sabie from Croc Bridge. We were privileged to witness the birth and interactions with the rest of the herd (around 60 elephants), and the electric atmosphere they created with their vocalizing and stomach rumbling. A lifetime sighting,” Fillmore captioned the post.
In the video, the elephant can be seen standing and pushing alone while other elephants are nearby.
Once the little elephant lands on the ground, the mother elephant appears to make a sound that immediately summons other elephants.
They gather around the mother and her baby, trumpeting with their trunks, as they celebrate.
The new mommy gently kicks the little one.
A woman’s voice is heard saying “She’s kicking it to make sure it’s alive”.
The mommy elephant continues to gently kick the baby elephant and the dirt around the baby elephant.
Although the video ends before the baby elephant could get up, social media users were amazed at how family-orientated the herd of elephants was and gushed over the baby elephant.
Roar Wildlife News shared an update in the comments section of the video, saying: “According to the person who filmed this, the baby stood up after about an hour.”
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe