By Hayley Pugh
The very moment a baby elephant helped to rouse his mum after she was tranquilized during a rescue operation to save him has been caught on camera.
The tiny calf can be seen trying to help vets administer an antidote and clinging tightly to his mum’s ear with his trunk as she comes round in these adorable pictures.
The extraordinary moment came after the wild mother elephant became frantic trying to help her three-week-old baby out of a man-made pit near a village on the southern end of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
It is thought the pair had been at the site all night and had both become very distressed.
Villagers heard the cries of the mum and teams from the Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) and wildlife vet, Dr Sichande, were called in the following morning.
They were forced to immobilize the anxious mum in a bid to get to her baby.
Rachel McRobb, CEO and co founder of CSL said: “Once the mum was down, the baby was small enough we could just lift her out of the pit and carry her about 30 metres back to mum.”
The team then took the concerned calf back to his sleeping mum before giving her the antidote.
The adorable moment the youngster stepped in and seemingly tried to help the vet administer the antidote before patiently waiting for his mum to come round was then caught on camera.
Rachel added: “She got a bit defensive for a minute when we put her down and then decided our vet was helping and wouldn’t leave him alone.
“The baby did not mind Dr Sichande administering the antidote in his presence and ended up getting in the way trying to help.
“We reversed the mum with the antidote and as soon as she started to get up the baby suckled immediately. She must have been really hungry from all night in the pit.
“Everyone then happily wondered off.”