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Baby Elephant Cries for Hours After Being Attacked by His Mother

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  • Baby Elephant Cries for Hours After Being Attacked by His Mother

    Baby elephant rejected by mom wept inconsolably, but is now OK

    8 hrs ago

    We would like nothing more than to offer this little elephant a hug and a tissue. The newborn calf reportedly cried for five hours, inconsolably, after being separated for a second time from his mother, who tried to kill him, twice.
    Keepers at a wildlife park in eastern China, the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Nature Reserve, in Rongcheng, Shandong province, removed the calf from his mother after she rejected him, stomping on him. Hopeful that the injury had been accidental, they treated the calf and returned him to his mother's side. She turned on him again, so they again removed him. The calf wept under a blanket for five straight hours before keepers were able to console him.

    "He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him," a keeper said, according to reports. All was not lost for the little calf, however. Named Zhuangzhuang, he has been adopted by the keeper who rescued him and they have formed a strong bond.
    Last edited by Tropicana; 09-12-2013, 05:48 PM.

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    Elephant tears: Newborn weeps after being parted from mother who tried to kill him

    Vets hoped it was an accident when the youngster’s parent stepped on him after he was born at a wildlife park.
    They treated his injuries and returned him to her two hours later – only for her to attack him again.
    A keeper drove the mother off as the calf sobbed under a blanket.
    One worker explained: ‘The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled.
    ‘He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him.’

    My new mum: Zhuangzhuang with the keeper who is looking after him (Picture: CEN)

    The new arrival, called Zhuang-zhuang, has now been adopted by the keeper who saved him at the Shendiaoshan wild animal reserve in Rong-cheng, China.

    ‘They have made a good bond,’ said a spokesman for the park. ‘We don’t know why the mother turned on her calf but we couldn’t take a chance.’
    Living in captivity outside of traditional family groups can interfere with animals’ protective instincts towards their young.


    • #3
      beautiful creatures.

      mother must be stressed at the life she lives in captivity and didn't want it for her calf.
      not being disney, but check out how herds of elephants react when one of them die.
      When Miley Cyrus gets naked and licks a hammer it's *art* and *music* - when I do it I'm *wasted* and *have to leave the hardware store*.


      • #4
        Awww poor baby.
        ~From the heart of a yawdie~


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