Circle Of Life: Baby Elephant Barely Escapes Croc

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on December 8, 2015

Hey all you bunny lovers n’ tree huggers…

This is how natures works!

Circle Of Life: Baby Elephant Barely Escapes CRoc

This baby elephant had a very lucky escape after a crocodile tried to bite off his trunk – only for his mum to come to the rescue.

In a real-life version of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, this calf had been splashing around in the shallow end of a watering hole in the African bush, when the crocodile launched out of the water and clamped down on his trunk.

The rest of the herd stood around in shock, trumpeting and snorting as they battled to save the helpless baby elephant from the attack.

Against the odds, the tiny baby elephant managed to beat off the reptile and stumble backwards, leaving the crestfallen crocodile to slink back into the murky water.

Circle Of Life: Baby Elephant Barely Escapes Croc

The incredible pictures were caught on camera by Zimbabwean farmer and keen amateur photogtapher Francois Borman, by the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley.

Francois, 48, said: ‘I was out in the bush for a few hours waiting for some action – but this is the last thing I expected to see!

‘I often have great expectations when I go out with my camera, and this sighting was just truly amazing to witness.

Circle Of Life: Baby Elephant Barely Escapes Croc

‘I saw a small herd of elephants coming down to drink – a local crocodile spotted them and spent some time sizing them up, homing in on the small calf playing in the shallows.

‘The baby elephant had obviously been looking forward to the drink, because he ran straight in and flopped down into the shallow, muddy water, rolling and splashing about.’

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