Years ago a beautiful baby elephant named Zhuang Zhuang was born at the Shendiaoshan wildlife reserve in Rong-cheng, China.
Unfortunately, he was instantly rejected by the mother, who even tried to stamp him to death.
When it happened, zookeepers believed it was just an accident, so they took Zhuang out, tended to his injuries and brought him back to his mother only to see him attacked by her in a vicious manner again.
Babies are more often rejected while in captivity than in the wilderness because the mother does not have the necessary support provided by her natural habitat.
Once again, zookeepers had to intervene, saving Zhuang’s life.
However, they could not protect him from emotional trauma, as he cried uncontrollably for a period of five hours after the incident.
“The calf was very upset and he was crying for five hours before he could be consoled,” a zoo employee told Metro UK. “He couldn’t bear to be parted from his mother and it was his mother who was trying to kill him.”
“As elephants are so tactile and sociable, a mother rejecting their newborn appears very unusual,” the Daily Mail writes. “Typically, an expecting mother will seek out another female elephant in her herd who will help her when she gives birth and offer her protection.” So, what happened?
Thankfully, Zhuang had a caring team of people at Shendioshan wildlife reserve who managed to give him the love and attention he needed to survive. It is said that he is now healthy and well.