Video footage showing an elephant herd desperately trying to help a baby jumbo knocked down by a speeding car at the Hwange National Park has caused a sensation on the internet.
The video, shared by Latest Sightings, and picked by a number of news websites, including South Africa’s Traveller24.com highlights the worsening human and animal conflict in Zimbabwe.
A visiting tourist, who captured the video, Heidi Haas said it was heart-breaking seeing the herd desperately trying to save the baby elephant from death.
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“The entire elephant family tried to help this little one without actually being able to do a thing.
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“There was literally no more that could be done as the elephant had broken its leg and its back.”
“There was nothing Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) rangers could do either and they had to put the ‘young elephant out of its misery’.
“To everyone, who visits these magnificent parks all over the world, please take care and don’t speed, as the loss of such a beautiful life, as in this case, is absolutely unnecessary.”
In the video, almost 10 elephants were seen trumpeting and trying to move the lifeless calf from the main road, as it lay helplessly in a pool of blood.
Zimparks public relations manager, Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident.