Newborn Elephant Struggles To Stay On Its Feet; falls backwards

The video captures the adorable moments of a newborn baby elephant still learning to stand on his wobbly legs and ending up falling backwards to the ground. The arrival of a newborn human baby on this planet is always a special occasion. The animal world is no different, and seeing each newborn baby animal in the wild brings that same warm feeling. The only difference is that we humans are mostly born in a safe and protected environment, while animals in the African wilderness are born in a dangerous and totally exposed environment. With our protected habitats that we humans have created for ourselves, we no longer have to run from predators. Human babies only begin to stand up and walk instinctively after about a year. When you are a newborn wild animal in the African wilderness, getting up, walking and even running is the first thing you need to learn and get right before anything else. Some prey species, such as antelope, can usually stand, walk, and run within minutes. When these animals are born, they are incredibly vulnerable to predators. Newborn elephants, like the one in the video, take about twenty minutes to half an hour to stand and walk. Exposed to the elements and lurking predators, newborn wildlife must move quickly as there is no time to hang around. We were lucky enough to meet a mother elephant and her newborn baby. We could still see the wet blood on the inside of the mother elephant’s hind legs and this calf was no more than fifteen minutes old. We narrowly missed the due date but were blessed with some of the most adorable moments when the baby elephant had to use its shaky legs to get up and walk. The baby elephant would fall more than stand and each time the mother elephant would be there with a helping trunk. The baby elephant would wobble again when standing up. I managed to capture this adorable moment when the baby elephant looked like it was standing just fine before suddenly losing its balance and slowly tipping backwards onto the ground. The mother elephant was there in a flash with her trunk and supported her baby back on its legs. It didn’t take long for the baby to be quite secure on her feet and ready to move on with the rest of the herd. What an amazing moment in nature when a newborn elephant learns to stand and walk for the first time.


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