Mother elephant ᴄʜᴀʀɢᴇs and ᴋɪᴄᴋs at wild dogs after trying to ᴀᴍʙᴜsʜ her calves
There is an inevitable law of nature that there are creatures that are forced to ʜᴜɴᴛ and catch other creatures to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ. Without enough strength, courage, the end of the weak can only become the meal of other creatures.
In the wild nature, the most intelligent and affectionate animal is probably the elephant. They often show love for their fellow humans by greeting each other by rolling their trunks.
When the leader of the herd is sick, the members will focus on taking care of each other, even taking turns carrying the leader of the herd on his back until he dies. The mutual care and concern among the members of the elephant herd has created unparalleled strength, able to ᴅᴇꜰᴇᴀᴛ any ᴇɴᴇᴍʏ, even if they are extremely ꜰᴇᴀʀsᴏᴍᴇ ᴘʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs.
Mr. Mithun Hunugud, 29 years old, from Bengaluru in southern India, on a trip to Nagarhole National Park was fortunate to witness the extremely powerful scene of female elephants took on a pack of 13 wild dogs to protect her herd.
Nagarhole National Park is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka, India. This park was declared the 37th Tiger Reserve of India in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Hunugund was on safari in Nagarhole National Park when he saw a pack of Asiatic wild dogs trying to ᴀᴍʙᴜsʜ two baby elephants.
Mr Hunugund said: “As we sat in the vehicle with the covers unwrapped we heard the troop of Bonnet macaques around us going haywire.
“As we set out a little further to investigate the reason for their nervousness we saw an elephant herd of 10 females and two calves huddled down the road and something walking towards them at a distance.
“It was a pack of 13 wild dogs on a ʜᴜɴᴛ who were scouring the jungle for ᴘʀᴇʏ. The elephant herd had two tiny calves and because the pack size was quite big they were potential ᴘʀᴇʏ.
“The first thing they would tried to do was to create chaos and try to separate the calves from the adults – it was a ᴛᴇɴsᴇ moment for all of us.”
Mr Hunugund witnessed the adult elephants create a barrier between their young and the ᴘʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs before the four tonne female charged.
“So she charged at them and started to ᴋɪᴄᴋ the wet mud at each one of the wild dogs.
“At the end of the day I do understand that it is the law of the jungle, some creatures have to ᴅɪᴇ for the others to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ – it’s as simple as that.
“If the dogs do not ʜᴜɴᴛ then it’s not only them who would sᴛᴀʀᴠᴇ, but also the pups dependent on them – it’s a thin line.’
Mr Hunugund said the elephant’s brave effort paid off and the pack eventually decided to back away from the herd.