Baby elephant cries uncontrollably for 5 hours after his mother rejects him

Baby elephant cries for 5 hours after being separated from the mom who tried to 𝓀𝒾𝓁𝓁 him

The beauty of the animal kingdom can take our breath away but there is a cruel side to it that many of us find hard to understand.

In the case of elephants, we have seen so many examples where mom elephants risk their lives to protect their young.

Elephants have the highest gestation period growing in their mother’s womb for 22 months before they are ready to see the world; elephants are also 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 blind so the bond between mother and 𝘀𝘩π˜ͺ𝘭π˜₯ is not only fiercely strong but necessary for the π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦β€™s survival.

When Zhuang Zhuang was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 at Shendiashan Wild Animal Natural Reserve in China his mom tried to 𝓀𝒾𝓁𝓁 him so staff were forced to separate them.

Despite the danger he faced staying with her, the separation caused him immense grief – the π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦ elephant cried for five hours.

When the π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦ elephant was 𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 in 2013, his mom rejected him immediately after delivery.

Staff at the reserve thought it was an accident so removed the π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦ to treat him for his injuries. When they returned Zhuang Zhuang his mom tried to 𝓀𝒾𝓁𝓁 him again, forcing staff to permanently remove him from his mom.

Despite hours of comfort from staff π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦ Zhuang Zhuang was completely heartbroken.

β€œTheΒ calf was very upset and he was crying for five hoursΒ 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,” an employee said, according to

Elephants stay in a close-knit herd where they all work together to protect their young and each other. It’s crucial that they are part of a family group as they need intimacy and company.

Frightening experience

The babies are always cared for by the females of the group and not just the mother but other female elephants will help. It seems this is how young females learn how to look after π‘π‘Žπ‘π‘¦ elephants.

According to Ian Redmond, wildlife consultant with the Born Free Foundation and elephant expert, giving 𝐛𝐒𝐫𝐭𝐑 can be a frightening experience for some elephants as they β€œdon’t work on instinct.”


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