Baby Elephant Rescued by Concerned Herd

What would you do if your six month old baby was washed away while crossing over river?

Of course, that’s not a likely scenario, but one that happened… to a baby elephant.

I held my breath watching this incredible baby elephant rescue footage by Kicheche Laikipia guest Sandy Gelderman, which she filmed on one of her safaris in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Kicheche silver guide Onesmus Lesiata spotted the herd approaching the rain-swollen Ewaso Nyiro river. With the river deep, mountain high banks are never easy for adults, let alone a six month old calf, so being washed away in the current was a very real possibility.

Thankfully mum and her emergency swat team enacted a remarkable rescue. They say elephants can remember, well this little calf will remember this advanced swimming lesson for the rest of its life, as will Sandy.

~ Kicheche Camps’ channel on YouTube.

Note: If you’re a mama (or papa)—you’ll find yourself holding your breath watching this footage. Hang in there and just remember to breathe

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Slava R.
Slava R.2 years ago


Dale O.

A marvellous video, elephants enjoy the water so very much and it is wonderful that they know how to step in and rescue young ones facing danger. The rescue complete, safe back on land once again, for the moment...and hoping the elephants survive another day without nefarious poachers lurking in the background.

Christine Stewart

Wonderful smart elephants! I hope they will all be safe.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Ashley heffner
Ashley heffner2 years ago


inspector thirtyseven

Nice save !!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago


Dianne D.
Dianne D.2 years ago

I've seen this video before. It's amazing. All animals know joy and pain and all have a soul. They are not for humans to use to exploit, abuse, abandon, maim, kill or eat.

Lisa Zarafonetis
Lisa Zarafonetis2 years ago

What wonderful & majestic creatures these elephants are!!! I love them. Shared on my FB wall. :)

Nikolina J.
Nikolina J.2 years ago

i like elephants, they are amazing animals, and it's a shame that today people are killing them