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Protective Elephant Blocks Road So Her Family Can Safely Cross

Elephants are much like humans in that they are protective of their family, as the following video clearly demonstrates. Jasoprakas Debdas recently filmed a large elephant on the road near Gorumara National Park in northern West Bengal, India. The video opens with a large female elephant chasing off a man on a bicycle. But for what reason?

It turns out the elephant is a mother looking out for her family, who are waiting in the bushes to the side of the road.

Mama wants to make sure there are no people or traffic that could harm her family. Once she’s certain it’s safe, she ushers the herd across the road. Fortunately, the cars in the background stay back (there appear to be officers blocking the road), giving the mom and her family space to cross the road.