By Josie  February 2nd, 2024

This Tiny Baby Elephant Almost Drowns at the Water Hole

The video shows an elephant herd taking a cooling bath at the local waterhole.

The tiny baby elephant, of course, wants to join its family (we all know that baby elephants looove water.)

Initially, first hiding behind its larger family members for protection, we lose sight of the baby, and for quite some time, it doesn’t seem unlikely it has either been trampled to death or drowned in the commotion.

The Footage

At last, the baby elephant breaks through the water’s surface and makes it safely back onto dry land.

Contrary to what many might think, baby elephants are not born swimmers.

Did You Know That Baby Elephants Can't Swim?

They must learn this skill over several months, with close supervision from their mothers.

For a baby elephant, mastering the use of its trunk is a significant developmental milestone.

Getting That Trunk Under Control

In their early months, these calves often opt to lower their heads to drink water directly, as they gradually learn to maneuver their trunks.

Mastering the use of their trunks is essential, not just for feeding and drinking but also for social interactions and self-defense.

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