A guest at an African safari captured some incredible video of an elephant calf nearly swept away by the engorged Ewaso Nyiro River in Kenya. Guide Onesmus Lesiata spotted an elephant herd approaching the rain-swollen river, according to Kicheche Camps, the outfitter that uploaded the video “Elephant calf rescue” to YouTube on May 7.
Guest Sandy Gelderman captured the footage of the mother elephant and others in the herd joining in the rescue not far from Mount Kenya in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
“With the river deep, mountain high banks are never easy for adults, let alone a six month old calf, so being washed away in the current was a very real possibility,” the outfitter wrote. “Thankfully mum and her emergency swat team enacted a remarkable rescue. They say elephants can remember, well this little calf will remember this advanced swimming lesson for the rest of its life, as will Sandy.”
Photo Sandy Gelderman/YouTube