Most conservationists believe that man should not meddle with the natural order and that we should allow nature to run her course however cruel or grim it seems to be. We agree on the whole, unless a wildlife problem has been created by man (for instance in the case of snaring or being trapped in a fence, in which case it’s justifiable to intervene) then nature should be left to her own devices. She has a plan.

However – every rule has an exception and the dreadful plight of a baby elephant trapped in the mud of the Kapani Lagoon in Zambia and her mother, who had also got stuck trying to save her had everyone there all in a frenzy of activity. For once, people could not stand back and let nature take its course.

See these amazing pictures:

The herd hover anxiously over a mother and its calf who are stuck in the mud in a river bed in Zambia. Mom and baby are exhausted.

This is as far up a the calf can get before collapsing to the ground again - Mother has almost given up. The herd have taken their leave.

Rangers start to wind rope around the calf.

The calf is pulled upright

And out I come!

Now to release the ropes

I'm off! The calf totters off to join the herd

Now for Mom. She's exhausted.

A tractor this time and some very strong rope

Here I come!

Ropes have been dropped and adrenalin takes over

Where's my calf?


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