photos by marina cano (previously featured) of a mother elephant using her trunk to rescue her one month old calf who, after taking a drink from a watering hole, became stuck in the mud and was unable to climb out. 

the bond between a baby elephant and its mother has been described as the closest of any animal on earth. much like a human, a baby elephant is utterly dependent on its mother for the first two or three years of its life.

if the baby is female, she will typically remain together with her mother right into her own adulthood, and will likely never once be separate from her until the mother dies in old age. male elephants remain with their mothers until the age of sixteen (just about the age humans are ready to take off too).

(see also: elephants mourn the dead and other posts on elephant “humanity”)

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