In an extremely moving scene, a herd of elephants are desperately trying to rescue a helpless calf on the side of the road in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Apparently, the baby elephant got hit by a speedy car, and the accident left it lying on the ground. Though, the little one’s family rushed to save its life, their efforts were in vain as the baby elephant did not made it. The moment was caught on camera and it is nothing short of heartbreaking!
The video was shot by 66-year-old Heidi Haas who was trying to find the best spots for safaris.
She told LatestSightings.com: ‘I was in complete and utter shock when I saw that this baby elephant had been knocked down by a speeding vehicle.
‘With tearful eyes, I had to watch how the entire elephant family tried to help this little one without actually being able to do a thing.”
“There was literally no more that could be done as the elephant had broken its leg and its back.”
Local rangers were called in to help, but they spent most of the time trying to keep other elephants in the herd at bay as they were in danger of being trampled.
“The elephant family didn’t want them being anywhere near the herd,” Ms Haas said,
“There was little other they could do than put this young elephant out of its misery.”
Watch the heartbreaking moment here!
The video starts with the elephant on the left hand side of the street with a herd of around a dozen surrounding it, appearing to cry out in desperation.
They manage to get it to its feet and drag it across the road before it collapses.
It threatens to get up, at one stage managing to stand on all four legs, but as soon as the adult elephant stops propping it up, it collapses in a heap.
“My last words to everyone who visits these magnificent Parks all over the world, please take care and don’t over speed as the loss of such a beautiful life as in this case is absolutely unnecessary.”