Herd rescues fallen baby elephant on busy roadway

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Two elephants coax a baby to its feet and off busy road. Video screen grab

In a touching display of caring and togetherness, a herd of elephants recently coaxed a baby elephant that had fallen in a busy roadway back to its feet and safely into the wilderness.

The dramatic scene played out recently in Kruger National Park in South Africa, with motorists watching from both directions in the road.

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The footage, posted Tuesday to the Kruger Sightings YouTube channel, shows the calf put its head to the pavement, rest on its side, then lie flat against the pavement, drawing several herd members to its side.

Ultimately, though, it was the persistent efforts of a young adult and an older calf that prompted the little one to stand and walk off on its own.

"Absolutely fantastic how the herd protects and help this calf up to join them again," reads a comment from the park. "Luckily the cars kept their distance."

It remains unclear why the baby elephant chose to lie down. One of the commenters suggested it was merely tired, and pointed out that it did not "collapse," as mentioned in the video description.

Another commenter agreed, stating that it looked like the type of tantrum that human babies often throw.

Whatever the case, it looked to be ok as it walked off, and the episode is just another example of how these intelligent pachyderms, which are known for the deep bonds they share with others, will stand up for one another.

In this case they seem to know what all humans are taught: It's not safe to linger on a road full of cars.

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