A baby elephant cries when it’s mother rejects him, and it’s hard not for viewers to shed tears themselves when they see the devastated elephant losing it after nearly being stepped to death by family, Yahoo! News reports this Friday, Sept. 13. The newborn elephant was said to be crying for over five hours after being rejected at a Chinese wildlife park this week.
Only moments after baby elephant Zhuang-zhuang was born, his mother tried to stomp on him, nearly crushing him to death. For a few days Chinese vets tried taking the crying calf from the area, but when he was taken back into his mother’s chambers, she proceeding to attack him again. This time, wildlife officials realized it was no mistake: Zhuang-zhuang was fully rejected by the mother for unknown reasons.
Some of the latest photos of the baby elephant crying reveal the devastating image of the calf having lost it, its eyes full of tears at the loss of such an integral relationship.
"He couldn't bear to be parted from his mother, and it was his mother who was trying to kill him," an unidentified zookeeper told major media sources on the baby elephant cries headline.
Fortunately for this not-so-little tyke, a new zookeeper at the Shendioashan Wild Animal Reserve of China has formally adopted the elephant most recently this week, and its sad elephant tears seem to be drying up and on the mend.
Although it may be hard to argue that Zhuang-zhuang was crying in the very same way a child might cry for its mother, studies have revealed that elephants are highly intelligent animals, and are capable of feeling very complex emotions, including those of pain, love, and in this case seeming devastation.
According to experts, note the post, captive elephants are more than twice as likely to try and kill their children than wild elephants are to attack their calves, though exact reasons for this are still under investigation.
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